Friday , 18 August 2017
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It’s Inclement Weather Season! (Tips and Information)

winter dutyIt’s that time of year again–time for dark, frigid mornings at the bus stop, ice-covered wind shields, and slippery parking lots and play areas. Yes, it is one of the most beautiful, and yet one of the most worrisome, times of the year for school personnel. Our N-CCS administrative staff seeks to make the best possible decisions about student and staff safety each and every day. By drawing advice and conclusions from the Catawba County Emergency Management Team, local weather forecasts, the National Weather Service, fellow administrative entities, and personal observations, N-CCS leaders continue to consider the community’s best interests when making final calls on weather delays and cancellations.

Should schools need to be cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather, N-CCS will post the latest updates on the district website at www.nccs.k12.nc.us or www.newton-conover.org, as well as district social media sites such as www.facebook.com/NewtonConoverCitySchools and twitter.com/NCCSschools. Weather-related announcements will also be sent to local radio and TV stations to be aired on their broadcasts, and either school principals or district-level staff members will call individual homes using the School Connects Voice Messaging System.  We have designed Inclement Weather Magnets summarizing this information for the home of every student within our school district — these will be coming home both this and next week. 

Should schools need to be closed down early, after already being in session, all of these communication outlets will be utilized, as well as potential personal home phone calls from teachers. Please make sure that your child’s emergency contact information is up to date in his or her school file, in the event that the school would need to contact a parent or guardian for an immediate pick-up or bus stop drop-off.

N-CCS staff will make every effort to communicate in the native languages of our students. Parents can now select the flags at the bottom of the N-CCS webpage screen, and information will be translated into native languages for our students and parents who speak a different language.  The translated language options are: Japanese, Korean, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

Until the next winter weather adventure, you can keep your children warm by dressing them in multiple layers, making sure that they are wearing a hat and gloves, and sending extra clothes in to school, as needed. And–don’t forget to thank the school staff members who stand out in the frigid temperatures to assist with car and bus duties! N-CCS will not let any force of nature stop us from doing what is best for our students! Bundle up and be safe!

(Pictured: North Newton staff members dressed for early morning duties in 10 degree weather!)

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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