SPASD Inclement Weather Distance Learning Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year (sent on 12/2/21)
As we are transitioning to winter, it is important to monitor weather and its impact on school operations. Each year, it is not uncommon for snow, ice, or cold to lead to a district-wide school closure.
For 2021-22, our primary instructional model has returned to an in-person structure. Consequently, one-to-one devices, hot spots, and device chargers are not taken home on a daily basis for all students. The decision to close school is often made in the early morning hours to ensure that the best forecasts and weather predictions can be used to inform the decision. This would not allow time to deploy nearly 4,000 devices and supplies for our younger students to ensure a productive day of learning. Additionally, parents and caregivers need time to determine how to support students in distance learning, and staff need time to prepare lessons.
Logistically, this presents operational challenges that make unplanned distance education impractical. Therefore, like most other Dane County districts, Sun Prairie will use traditional “snow day” inclement weather procedures for the 2021-22 school year. If the number of inclement weather days exceeds our built-in buffer to meet the Department of Public Instruction’s required minutes of instruction, then we will consider other options such as additional minutes added to existing days, virtual instruction days, and/or additional instruction days within the existing calendar.
As always, the district attempts to make the decision to cancel school before 6:00 a.m. Please check Infinite Campus to make sure that your contact information is up-to-date so that you do not miss important Blackboard communications that will be sent in the event of a school closure or delay.
If there is ever a time that the district holds school and a family does not feel it is in the best interest of your student to attend school based on your assessment of the weather, please contact the school’s attendance office and the district will excuse the absence.