Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard H. Bauscher
In preparation for the winter weather and the possibility of school closure, I am providing you with information on Idaho Code and District procedure for announcing school closures.
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.
I (or my 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 through the local media. Please listen to the radio, watch our local television stations or visit our website for updates during days of inclement weather.
Rich Bauscher, Superintendent