Weather Closures/Make-up days

I am thankful to God because: drop-off went well this morning, the snow/ice conditions on our campus are much improved, and the sun is shining!

Thank you for your patience during the weather closures!  We have not experienced weather this extreme in 30 years in Idaho.  The warm conditions on Wednesday made our campus unsafe on Thursday, Jan. 12.  We needed to have staff and students off-campus so we could spend the day preparing our campus for school today (Jan. 13) and also laying the framework to prepare for next week’s forecasted snow storms.  On Thursday, Jan. 12, work occurred on our campus from 7:00 a.m. until 8 p.m.

I want to thank all of those who came into to assist us yesterday in preparation of our campus: Mr. Aspiri, Mr. Haji, Mr. Denino, Bishop Kelly High School Maintenance team, Dan Gamboa, Daniel Gamboa, and Circle H (Drew Bongiovi).  Because of these people drop-off on Friday, Jan. 13 went extremely well.  Thank you, also, to Mr. Grant and Mr. Yanci for helping with crossing guard duty this morning.
Next week, the weather is warmer, and we have more resources in place to address the weather in the forecast.
In order to maintain high academic standards, we have added two make-up days: Friday, Jan. 20 is a full day instead of a half day, and Friday, Feb. 17 is a full day of school for students, instead of a teacher in-service day.  I worked with the Superintendent of the Diocese of Boise yesterday to do an analysis of school hours, and we are still above where we need to be.  All Treasure Valley Catholic School principals and the superintendent will be meeting the last week of Jan. to look at our snow day procedures and calendar/hours.
Thank you for your patience.  These decisions are never easy, and I can assure you that they are not taken lightly.