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A Message from the Superintendent
With winter weather upon us, I want to take this opportunity to explain what the criteria is for closing school. 

Please keep in mind that the school district covers over 120 square miles.  Some of our drivers have routes that cover around 35 miles a day.  Conditions at your residence may differ greatly than somewhere on the other side of the district.  Other events such as power outages, no heat, or flu outbreaks are obviously different.

Snow Day Closure:

  • The transportation director, who drives routes in the morning at 4:30, believes the road conditions are not safe.
  • Conditions may be bad, not quite enough to close school, but the forecast states it will get bad enough while the busses are out.  We do consult other local districts to see what the conditions are there and what could be headed our way.  Mesick, for example is to the west of us and if they are seeing a lot of continued blowing and drifting, it is probably headed our way.
  •  ***This is always tough.  The conditions, at times, do not end up matching the forecast.
  •  Roads have not been plowed.  There are certain areas where bus drivers have to turn around and those spots are not always the first on the list to be plowed.  If busses cannot make their run, we won’t have school. 
  • Wind Chill days.  We will close if the wind chill or temperature is -20 or below according to what the transportation director is seeing on the website that he uses.  Again, your app or website may be a little different.  All the schools in our ISD are using this same threshold.

We will notify you as soon as possible.  We try to make that call between 4:50 and 5:45, but on occasion the conditions will worsen and we may need to close after that.  We may also close the night before if the conditions are bad, and are supposed to stay bad through the A.M. or are told that the secondary roads will not be plowed before busses are out.  Most calls will be made during those early morning hours.  We may on occasion have delays, but those are difficult for many families, because often the delays become closures and pushes back the time that parents are actually notified that school is closed.  We will only have delays if we are reasonably certain it will stay a delay and road conditions or weather will improve during that delay.   Early morning fog would be a delay for example, knowing it should clear up.

Your child’s safety is the most important thing to us.  Snow days are always a tough call and please keep in mind we are trying to do what is best for your child in those regards.  If you feel that it is not safe to send your child to school on those days that we remain open, keeping them home is always your right as a parent. 

I hope this sheds some light on the process by which we close school.  We make an automated call, use local TV and radio stations, and you can sign up on TV 9&10 for their e-mail/text alerts.  As always, please feel free to call me at (231) 824-6411 ext. #5 if you have any questions.

Leonard Morrow, Superintendent
Manton Consolidated Schools
231-824-6411 Option #5

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