How do we make decisions regarding school delays and closures?
We have a committee of Imagine faculty located across Buncombe County. Each member drives the local roads and assesses road conditions and temperatures. Once we have talked, we determine together the safest decision regarding school delays and closures. Remember we have families that travel in from seven school systems, student drivers and 80 faculty members. We make these decisions with the safety of all involved in mind. In North Carolina there are compulsory attendance laws that require attendance when school is in session, so we must make sure that all are able to report to school safely.
This is a quote I have seen often as an educator which is very appropriate when weighing the safety of others, “In education we must meet Maslow’s Hierarchy, before we can move onto Bloom’s Taxonomy.”
We ultimately try to make decisions that allow ALL families and faculty to report to school/work safely and with dignity.
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How does this affect our school calendar?
NC General Statute requires that public school calendars meet one of two requirements: 185 days or 1025 instructional hours. The school calendar will be determined based on hours. As we move through the year we continue to evaluate our instructional time to be sure we are meeting the NCGS requirements and the needs of our learning community.