On friday april 8, the question of whether a falling tree makes a sound is not as important as the question of “Will this close a school?” It’s because a tree that fell near School path. during Thursday evening’s heavy rain and smashed electrical wires damaged the electrical panels of cider house and Middlebrook Schoolsprompting officials to close both school buildings and move learning online for students who attend those schools for at least one day.
The news broke during the Board of Education Thursday evening meeting. Superintendent Kevin Smith was called out of the room with administrators from both schools and told of the news.
Smith returned to the meeting and made the announcement, noting that there had been “pretty extensive electrical damage” to the electrical panels. School officials have begun notifying the school community of the emergency shift to remote learning.
Smith acknowledged the last-minute nature of the transition to a remote learning option, saying, “As best as we can tomorrow and try to have some kind of kids day. So I don’t want to set very high expectations. We’re going to do the best we can. »
Will it count?
There was a follow-up question from BOE members: would the remote learning day count toward the 180 learning days required by the district in the eyes of the Department of Education? At this time, remote days are permitted in some COVID-related cases, but it is unclear if other reasons are the case.
Smith was hopeful given the few other options available to the district.
“We are going to work very hard to make sure it counts as a school day. … There is a provision for emergency days, so I’ll check that in the morning,” he said, adding, “But let’s plan for it. And then, if we have to talk to the state about it, we will.