Dear MA Community,
Greetings! Wishes to you for a holiday season filled with peace, light, goodwill, and the joys of family and the loved ones this time of year brings close. As we look to the New Year and prepare for the upcoming semester, we find we must be realistic in that we have not dug our way out of the last of the winter storms and blizzards.
To update you on our snow day tally, we do not have enough days left in play for us to feel that we will make it through a spring blitz. MA primarily follows District 38’s weather closures with the knowledge that the district strives to make decisions about closures with student safety as a priority consideration while also understanding how disruptive snow days can be for families.
The MA Board of Directors approves a school year calendar each spring. This includes a plan for converting select half day Friday’s to full days, to increase the number of student attendance hours in the event that snow days exceed the number of student instructional days maintained by MA policy, and district and state mandates.
MA consistently strives to provide its families and student community more days of valuable learning and instruction than the law requires while balancing this rigorous schedule with half-day Fridays. In a rough winter as this one is proving to be, these ‘more than required’ days usually provide a buffer that allow for the days taken to be balanced with the number of additional days MA seeks to provide. Unfortunately, with the number of days already lost this year due to weather closures, we have utilized this buffer.
Therefore, MA’s leadership has made the following decision to convert the four following Fridays to full-day Fridays: 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, and 2/28. This allows us to raise our snow day count to four. We will keep you posted on this count, and if we exceed these four days, we will notify you of additional days and times if needed. Please note the dates leading into the two three-day weekends these months were not possible choices due to Teacher Professional Development training. We understand that due to travel plans, parents may need to pick up students at noon on these days, and therefore, MA will administratively excuse students for this reason. Please come to the front office to check your child out, following the usual process for checking your child out of school.
Thank you for your understanding, and for your continued support and patience as we work through our challenging winter weather in an effort to be proactive. It is our hope that this new four-day count will take us through the remainder of the school year.
We wish you a warm, restful, and safe break and look forward to seeing everyone back in the new year!
Christianna Herrera, Chief Operating Officer