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Preparing for Extreme Snow Days   posted on Jan 08, 2019
Principals: Leaders of Learning   posted on Oct 24, 2018
Thank a Teacher   posted on Apr 27, 2018
Mission, Vision, Values/Commitments   posted on Nov 14, 2016
School Year Calendar   posted on Sep 20, 2016
Helping Our Children Do Well In School   posted on Aug 29, 2016
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!   posted on Aug 16, 2016
Volunteers Make A Real Difference!   posted on Jun 30, 2016
We Appreciate Our Teachers!   posted on Apr 28, 2016
It is SAGE Time Again!   posted on Apr 01, 2016
What Motivates Students Today?   posted on Mar 11, 2016
Gifts to Give our Children   posted on Dec 09, 2015
Attitude of Graditude   posted on Nov 13, 2015
Student Safety   posted on Oct 13, 2015
Attendance Awareness Month   posted on Sep 03, 2015
Keeping Up With the Competition   posted on Jul 15, 2015
Avoiding the Summer Slide   posted on May 29, 2015
Making Every Dollar Count!   posted on Apr 14, 2015
State Legislature and Education   posted on Mar 06, 2015
ACT Testing - What's It All About?   posted on Feb 12, 2015
Attendance Matters!   posted on Jan 07, 2015
Teachers Make the Difference - Part 2   posted on Nov 07, 2014
Leadership Matters!   posted on Oct 08, 2014
Teachers Make the Difference!   posted on Sep 16, 2014
Helping Students Succeed in School   posted on Aug 14, 2014
A New Era Begins ...   posted on Jul 14, 2014
Future Challenges   posted on May 22, 2014
Selecting Administrators   posted on May 15, 2014
Common Core   posted on Mar 31, 2014
Student Groups - School Based or Not?   posted on Mar 21, 2014
Textbooks - Not Enough to Go Around?   posted on Mar 14, 2014
Legislative Priorities   posted on Mar 03, 2014
Course Selection for Secondary Students   posted on Feb 18, 2014
Important February Dates   posted on Feb 05, 2014
Student Safety - How You Can Help   posted on Jan 27, 2014
Tax Challenge   posted on Jan 21, 2014
2013 - A Year in Review   posted on Jan 02, 2014
2014 District Calendar Options   posted on Dec 20, 2013
School closure as a result of weather   posted on Dec 10, 2013
District Audit Report   posted on Nov 25, 2013
Bits and Pieces of News   posted on Oct 25, 2013
UCAS – Another Accountability System   posted on Oct 10, 2013
There is Good All Around   posted on Oct 04, 2013
Grading the Schools   posted on Sep 03, 2013
Last Minute Notes   posted on Aug 12, 2013
Potential Budget Crisis   posted on Jul 30, 2013
Transparency vs. Right to Privacy   posted on Jul 15, 2013
Student Attendance - A Key to Success   posted on Jul 11, 2013
Negotiated Agreements   posted on Jun 19, 2013
Changes During the Past Year   posted on Jun 17, 2013
As the Class of 2013 Departs   posted on May 28, 2013
Administrative Succession   posted on Mar 25, 2013
Concerns Regarding Student Behavior   posted on Mar 05, 2013
Local Scholarships   posted on Feb 27, 2013
District Comparisons   posted on Feb 21, 2013
Concealed Weapons - Arming Educators?   posted on Jan 24, 2013
Dual Immersion   posted on Jan 14, 2013
School Violence   posted on Jan 03, 2013
How Do our Schools Compare?   posted on Dec 17, 2012
Reflections on a Recent Trip to China   posted on Nov 26, 2012
Federal Funds in our District   posted on Nov 06, 2012
Make Your Last Year Count   posted on Oct 29, 2012
Construction over the Past Four Years   posted on Oct 17, 2012
What Should a Grade Represent?   posted on Oct 08, 2012
Things to be Excited About   posted on Sep 25, 2012
Grading Clarification   posted on Sep 12, 2012
Not All Criticism is True   posted on Aug 27, 2012
District Transportation   posted on Aug 13, 2012
School Lunch Prices 2012-2013   posted on Aug 06, 2012
Follow up - Taxes and Grading   posted on Jul 26, 2012
Setting Property Tax Rates   posted on Jul 20, 2012
Tax Increase   posted on Jul 19, 2012
“What Counts” – Class Size   posted on Jul 06, 2012
What Counts - Grading System Background   posted on Jun 07, 2012
What Counts   posted on May 10, 2012
Dual Immersion   posted on Apr 08, 2012
Effects of Promontory Charter School   posted on Mar 12, 2012
Emergency Plans in the District   posted on Feb 13, 2012
2012 Legislative Session   posted on Jan 27, 2012
Highlights of 2011   posted on Dec 22, 2011
Why Replace the School in Snowville   posted on Dec 05, 2011
Questions Regarding the Sale of Bonds   posted on Nov 07, 2011
What Test Scores Mean to Me   posted on Sep 20, 2011
Opportunities for Online Courses   posted on Aug 24, 2011
Will your child be ready for college?   posted on Aug 15, 2011
Bullying   posted on Jul 28, 2011
The Reality of No Child Left Behind   posted on May 02, 2011
School Fees at Elementary Schools   posted on Apr 27, 2011
Negotiations   posted on Apr 04, 2011
Recruitment of Certificated Staff   posted on Mar 21, 2011
Boundary Changes - North End of County   posted on Mar 04, 2011
Governor's Commission   posted on Feb 14, 2011
Boundary Changes   posted on Jan 18, 2011
Charter Schools   posted on Jan 13, 2011
Concurrent Enrollment   posted on Dec 21, 2010
The Common Core Curriculum   posted on Nov 05, 2010
Early Out Days   posted on Oct 12, 2010
Truth In Taxation   posted on Aug 31, 2010
SC Building Fund vs General Fund   posted on Jul 30, 2010

Preparing for Extreme Snow Days

Superintendent Tolman

Last year as you know, we had a very mild winter here in Box Elder County.  It is only early January 2019, and it looks like we are going to have a little more traditional winter. I was not here in winter two years ago when we received so much snow, and there were a couple of days of school that were canceled due to snowy and dangerous conditions. As a staff, we have discussed the possibility of snow day cancellations or late starts to allow school to take place but come a little later in the day to allow for better roads and less traffic. We have determined that if possible, and the weather conditions and forecasts are supportive, we would start schools two hours later than they currently start. We considered a three-hour delay, but that would not give us sufficient time to have what the state determines as a full day of school that can be counted. Also after much discussion and consideration on any late start day, we are going to cancel Kindergarten (both morning and afternoon), plus we will be canceling pre-school.  These age groups do not have a state-mandated set number of days and do not have to make up any snow days so when we determine it is time for a late start those age groups will not have school.

With this information in mind, please be aware that if there is a big snowstorm occurring we may late start the school day and still possibly cancel school for that day.  Either way, we are going to try to use every method available to contact parents on days that either of these two events occur. The tools we are going to use are Box Elder School District’s (BESD) system of communication via text, email, or phone call.  We will also have it posted on Box Elder School District Webpage front and center.  It will be posted on the BESD Facebook page.  We will also contact T.V. stations and Cache Valley Media Group that is in control of the local radio stations.  We have every intent on having this all posted and sent off by the very latest at 6:00 A.M. the morning of the event.  It could be sooner if we have the appropriate information available to do so. 

As the Superintendent of Box Elder School District, I take this responsibility of canceling or late starting school very seriously.  The safety of our students, employees, and parents is of the utmost concern.  With that being said there are safety issues to consider if we do cancel school.  Some children may be at home unattended and without food.  Many times when school is canceled older students would still be out on the roads, and that is unsafe.  Most cases the safest and best place for many, if not most, of our students, is at school.  We only want to cancel school when it is definitely unsafe to get them to school.

Thank you so much for working with the school district on this critical issue.  I know it is a burden on families when things like this occur.  Please have a plan in place for the possibility of this happening.

Thank you, Superintendent Carlsen


Date posted : Jan 08, 2019.