January 12, 2018

  • RIMSD

    From Michelle Murphy, Superintendent

    Snow Procedures

    So far, the weather has been kind to us for the 2017-2018 school year until this week.  However, as we move into February and March, the possibility of more snow becomes greater and therefore we thought it would be helpful to remind everyone about our snow procedures.

    The decision to close Rim of the World Unified School District is usually made in the middle of the night as the district’s transportation and maintenance/operations departments’ personnel travels the district checking on the inadvisability of opening school buildings and road conditions in any one of our neighborhoods between Crestline and Green Valley. So, for example, should Running Springs have hazardous snow conditions a “snow day” would be called for the entire district and parents will be notified. We do not call a “snow day” for just one school site. The district monitors the weather very closely and if we feel the situation is deteriorating then a decision may be made to release middle school students in specific towns to go home at the elementary release time. This is a rare occurrence. Again, parents would be notified.

    We thought you might also like to know that our buses are equipped with a “mountain package” and our drivers have specific training for these conditions.

    The decision as to whether the district will be open is made on a day to day basis and communicated to staff and parents/caregivers using the following methods:

    Internet Websites 

    http://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us

    The School Telephone system

    Households will be notified using our automated calling system so it is important that phone numbers for parents/caregivers are up to date at each school site and in the Aeries Parent Portal.

    Media
    The district’s and individual school sites twitter, websites and Facebook Accounts will have “Snow Day” announcements.

    Although the district strives to make a decision regarding closure before 5:30am, we are reliant upon obtaining internet access to be able to update the website and telephone system as well as weather conditions at that time, so there may be some delay.

    Rainy and snowy days can also mean that school is open, teachers have prepared lessons, and students should be in school. We encourage attendance during these times and thank you for getting your student to school to assist the district in maintaining 95% average daily attendance.


    From Michelle Murphy, Superintendent

    Leadership

    On Friday, January 12 the leadership students in Mr. Scott Craft’s class participated in a Google hangout with the leadership students at Sultana High School in Hesperia. The purpose of this collaboration was to give students an opportunity to share ideas and to discuss challenges and successes. Both groups focused on the struggle to get full participation in spirit day events and to find activities that will be approved by administration and risk management at their respective schools. The groups decided to collaborate more in the future. Thank you to our Superintendent who arranged this valuable study time and participated with our students.