According to Idaho Code and District Policy, eleven (11) hours are allowed during a school year for emergency closures. Any time missed beyond the eleven hours must be made up, by adding additional minutes each day or day(s) as an extension of this current school year. The Middleton School Board and Administration’s first concern is for the safety of our students and staff when making a decision to close school for inclement/unsafe weather conditions or for other reasons. The decision to close our schools is taken very seriously, as we realize that it has wide-spread ramifications that range from: missing instruction time, parent scheduling of day-care, to continuing district-wide costs -- all when school is not in session. Parents always have the privilege of keeping their child at home, if they believe it is in the best interest of their child’s safety, even when Middleton School District has determined that our schools will remain open. These absences will be treated as an ‘excused’ absence, if the parent notifies the school of their child’s absence and will be counted as a part of the total absences for the nine-weeks, semester and year.
The Superintendent or his designee will release information to Building Principals, Directors and Supervisors by 6 a.m. to inform them of our closure status due to inclement weather. Parents and students will receive their notifications on parents cell phone (texts or calls), emails via school messenger and also through the local media. Please listen to the radio or watch our local television stations, for updates during days of inclement weather.
(This delayed start is only to be used as a last alternative)
If the District has scheduled a delayed start, staff shall report as soon as safely possible. Classes would begin at 9:30 a.m. (one-hour+ delay) or 10:30 a.m. (two-hour+ delay). The number of hours school is to be delayed will be announced on as many radio and television stations as possible.
The Middleton School District, like several surrounding Districts, has experienced a welcome growth in student enrollment at all levels. We are proud that our new families desire to have their children attend school in Middleton and to build homes in our community.
At the end of last school year (2013-14) our District-wide enrollment was 3,600 students in grades Pre-12. This year (2014-15) on the day after Labor Day (9-2-2014) we now have 3,760 students enrolled. This relates to +160 students or a 4.5% enrollment growth District wide. An emergency (one-time levy) was certified to collect 60% of the allowable funds to help cover the costs of these new students.
To accommodate this student enrollment growth, we hired nine new certified teachers throughout the District. The hiring of these new teachers will help in our endeavor to keep class sizes down and offer specialized assistance through instructional coaches and integration specialists.
On behalf of the School Board and myself, I would like to welcome you and your children to a new school year. We are excited to once again have the opportunity to provide a quality education to your son/daughter.
As we do each year, we want to remind you that good attendance plays an important role in the academic success of your student. Below are some items (from www.nps.k12.va.us) that you can do to encourage your student to be in attendance everyday:
What Parents Can do to Ensure Great Attendance in Our Middleton Schools?
Talk It Up: Attending school regularly is your child’s number one responsibility. Please reinforce that expectation frequently, and discuss how school attendance affects your child’s ability to achieve success in school, to graduate on time and to prepare for a bright future.
Walk the Talk: Schedule vacations or recreational activities for weekends or breaks. Even if your child appears to be doing well in school, allowing him or her to miss class for discretionary reasons sends the wrong message.
Sound the Alarm: Tardiness disrupts the learning process for your child and others in the class. Set the clock and make sure your child arrives at school on time.
Pencil it In: Do not book routine appointments such as physical or dental cleanings during school hours. Try after school or during breaks in the school calendar.
Check that Balance: Monitor your child’s attendance online through Family Access. If you do not already have access to Family Access, please contact your school.
Make a Report: If your child must miss school for illness or an emergency, alert the teachers and make arrangements to complete missed assignments or homework.
Present and Accounted for: Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date contact information for you, including phone numbers and address.
The Best Medicine: Students should not come to school if they are truly ill. Consult your health care professional or the school nurse for guidance.
Listen and Learn: If your child seems reluctant to attend school, listen for issues such as bullying or struggles with class work. Emphasize that you understand and will help, but that avoiding school does not solve problems. It creates more problems. Loop in your child’s teacher(s). School counselors also can be a tremendous help in working through issues that are causing stress for your child. Our school staff members are partners with you -- to ensure your child’s success.