Dear Families of Rolling Hills students,
As of this date, we have had 8 full days of school closures due to the combination of treacherous weather/road conditions and facilities failure (pipe break and resulting water damage cleanup). As a result, Rolling Hills’ planned instructional time for the 2016-2017 school year has been substantially reduced.
Under Idaho Code 33-512, the state determines the minimum instructional hours for each school year. Although we are currently still within the State required instructional hours, winter is far from over. It is still possible, perhaps even likely, that extreme winter weather conditions might necessitate school closures in the next weeks to come. Any additional necessary school closures would put us below the minimum of instructional hours allowed.
Rolling Hills prides itself on our high expectations for academics. We know the more students are in school the more they can learn, so meeting the state’s minimum is not our goal. At the regular January RHPCS School Board meeting held last Thursday, the School Board discussed possible plans of actions related to recapturing some of our lost instructional time.
Rolling Hills’ new course of action is to recapture some of our lost instructional time by eliminating two upcoming days out of school days from our 2016-2017 school calendar.
Rolling Hills will be IN SESSION for student instruction on:
Monday, February 20 (President’s Day) and
Friday, May 5 (Professional Development day)
We hope that by notifying about these calendar changes early we will minimize the possible negative impact on our school staff and families. However, we are sensitive to the fact that some families may have previously scheduled plans for these dates that may not be possible to cancel or reschedule. Please contact the school office by phone or by email if this is the case for your family on one or both of these dates.
Rolling Hills’ teachers and support staff will continue to insure that our students receive focused instruction around essential concepts and required standards at each grade level and in each content area. Any decision to cancel school includes a multitude of factors and sources of information, with our primary focus on the safety of our staff and students. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to deal with unprecedented weather events.