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From Superintendent Kent Hawley

As winter draws near (winter solstice is Sunday!), I want to let you know how we go about determining whether weather requires us to call an emergency day.  


I monitor weather predictions from three different sources: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Weather.com, and local news sources.  From these sources, I look for three factors:

  1. Type of weather (cold, snow, ice, sleet, mix, etc.)

  2. Severity (inches of snow/ice, degree of the freeze)

  3. Timing (Will it affect transportation in the morning and/or afternoon? How long is the weather to last? Will temperatures rise or fall during the school day?)


Some things to know:  

  1. When weather is bad, I drive a sampling of the roads of the district to check for slickness, drifts, depth of snow, etc.  The roads I drive are from all parts of the district and both paved and gravel. I am in contact with Mr. Goewey who is in contact with the Road Commissioners and others who are “out and about.”  I am also in contact with other superintendents who are also monitoring conditions.

  2. GP does not have a late start.  Starting late creates difficult scenarios for parents when it comes to child care between the normal start time and the late start time. 

  3. GP does not have a “hard road-only” policy.  Our bus drivers make every effort to contact families about any concerns and alternate pickup points that might be necessary on a snowy day.  In this way, we increase flexibility and safety.  

  4. We try to make the “call” on cancellations by 5:30 am--6:00 AM at the latest--to give parents the ability to find alternate care for their children.  If possible, parents might arrange for childcare in advance. If your children normally ride the bus, but you want to bring them to school yourself, please call the bus bar before 6:45 AM at 217-833-5005.   Last winter, we had several days in which the roads iced over between 5:15-5:45 AM. Ice is much more difficult than snow for our buses to manage.

  5. We use several media sources through which to notify you of a cancellation: School Messenger, Facebook, school website, announcements, and local TV stations.

  6. School cancellation does not necessarily mean that all school functions are cancelled for the day.  If weather changes make transportation to evening events safer, then those events might proceed as scheduled.  


All of these factors are considered when making the decision whether to call a “snow day.” Sometimes, despite all the forecasts and warnings, the weather doesn’t cooperate, and we cancel school on a day when we probably could have attended.  Sometimes the weather is worse than predicted, and we are already in school.  


As much as we try to predict the weather, even the experts mess it up on occasion. Please know that we want our students--your children--to be in school, but we also want them to be safe, and we will do what we can to keep them that way.


If you have any questions, please let me know by calling 217-833-2352.  


Kent Hawley

Superintendent, Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4


Kent Hawley


Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4

202 N. Stanford, P.O.Box 439 

Griggsville, IL 62340



Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4202 North StanfordGriggsville, IL  62340

p. 217.833.2352

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