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    Weather-Related School Cancellation Procedures
     

     

    In the event of winter or severe weather, school cancellation alternatives within the Republic School District will be as follows:

    • Hold school as normal
    • No school in Republic School District
    • Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) Day, also known as virtual learning
    • Early release due to expected weather

     

     

    Communication

     

    The decision to close or alter school will be made as early as possible. The Republic School District will work to communicate via email to families if there is a chance of cancellation in the days leading up to a possible storm. If school is canceled or virtual due to severe weather conditions, our Communications Department will use an automated calling system to call and text staff and families. Typically, this automated call will occur before 5:30 a.m. on the day of the closure. 

    • Staff and families are asked to save the phone number 844-797-4577 and text short code 67587 into their cell phones as "Republic School District."
    • We also ask families to review their contact information in SISK12 so we can ensure they are receiving updates as needed. If anything needs to be updated, families can contact their student’s school. 

     

    In addition, announcements about postponements or cancellations will be made on Republic School District’s social media pages and website, as well as on local radio and TV stations.

     

     

    Snow Days

     

    The Republic School District believes in the magic and fun of “snow days,” and wants all students to be able to experience them. We also know the importance of summer time, which is why we want to avoid adding school days to the end of the school year to make up for outages due to winter weather. Therefore, the district intentionally builds snow days and AMI Days into its yearly calendar. 

     
     
     

    AMI Days

     

    AMI days allow us to provide important learning to students when we can’t physically be at school, and also allow us to count this as a day of attendance so we do not have to extend our school year.

     

    Starting November 1, all students – elementary through 12th grade – will begin taking home their District-issued Chromebooks in the case of a necessary AMI, or virtual learning, day due to inclement weather. 

    • Elementary students should not have a need to utilize their school devices outside of school hours. Therefore, it's recommended they stay in backpacks at home when not needed for learning or when not charging. 
    • On AMI days, required learning activities will be done independently by students as their day allows. There will be no live instruction. School work on AMI days is required, and students are counted absent if work is not completed.
    • Early Childhood and elementary students will use the Google Classroom platform that they’re very familiar with and use daily. RMS and RHS students will utilize Canvas. 
    • If an AMI day needs to be implemented, directions from teachers will be shared with families and students, which will ensure a smooth day of virtual learning.

     

    RMS & RHS FAMILIES:

    Your student's teachers will have all learning activities posted through their Canvas course by 7:30 a.m. 

    • Students will log in to their Canvas account and work through each of their courses at their own pace throughout the day. “Live” or synchronous instruction will not occur as all learning activities are to be independent practice.
    • Learning activities will not consist of introducing new concepts or standards, instead activities will be a review or extension of previously learned priority standards within each course. 
    • Classroom teachers will be available for students via email/Canvas messaging throughout the day to answer any questions and provide feedback from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students unable to access the virtual activities for any reason should contact their teachers directly.

     

    EC & ELEMENTARY FAMILIES:

    Your student’s teacher will be sending classroom specific instructions and activities by 8:30 a.m.

    • There will not be “live” or synchronous instruction on AMI Days. Students will be able to work independently through the activities that will be posted. Classroom teachers will be available throughout the day to answer questions and provide feedback. 
    • Learning activities will not consist of introducing new concepts or standards, instead activities will be a review or extension of previously learned priority standards. There will be assignments for each of the following core subjects: reading, writing, and math. There will also be optional specials (Music, Library, Art and PE) activities, as well. 
    • Please look for communication from your child’s teacher that provides specific information about accessing these activities. This communication will also provide information about how you can contact your child’s teacher with any questions. 
    • Activities can be accessed with district Chromebooks or devices you have at home. Simply use your child’s login to sign into Google Classroom and begin working. If you need help signing in, please contact your child’s teacher. 

     

    Emergency During School

     

    If a weather-related emergency should develop during the time school is in session, students will be cared for in school until the storm has subsided.

    • If buses are sent home early, all buses will be sent.
    • We will communicate the time of closure. 

     

     

    Childcare Option

     

    The district’s before- and after-school program, STRIPES 360, offers Winter Escape, a full-day, daycare option for K-6 students on most days when school is not in session due to inclement weather. Winter Escape will only be available if road conditions allow for our staff to arrive safely and if there is enough staff available. 


    Each Winter Escape day is held at McCulloch Elementary from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will include activities, including arts & crafts, reading, science, group games, and free-choice time. For more information about Winter Escape, click here.

Weather-Related Information: Make sure your contact information is up to date. If school is canceled, you'll receive a call.