A Note From The Superintendent Of Schools

| February 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Advice For Return To School

The following is from Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Superintendent of the Anne Arundel County Schools:

I know that parents, students, and teachers across our county are anxious to get back to school as quickly as possible. Our crews, in conjunction with those at the city, county, and state levels, have been working as hard as we can to make that happen. We have enlisted – and received – help from the community in beginning to clear sidewalks and other walkways, and for that I thank you. Your continued and increasing partnership is greatly appreciated.

All of our school lots and walkways have been plowed, and are ready to accept students. Barring any further complications, it is our intention to open schools for students on Wednesday, February 17. As we move our 75,000 students back into classrooms across the county, we all must exercise patience and caution. I ask that parents and employees do the following:

  • Practice patience. Thing will not be perfect, and will not always move along normally. Please be an example for your children of the need to adjust and adapt to the current conditions.
  • Talk with children about the serious nature of traveling to and from school. Children can be easily distracted when walking to and from schools or bus stops, and the snow provides yet another diversion. Please emphasize with your children the need for them to concentrate on getting to and from their appointed destination and to avoid any distractions.
  • Closely supervise your children. Needless to say, students will not be walking and parents will not be driving on dry pavement. Please pay close attention to your children as they walk to schools or bus stops.
  • Allow plenty of extra time for travel to bus stops and schools. Ideal conditions will not exist on roadways and sidewalks. Please adjust your schedules so that both you and your children have a few extra minutes to get where you need to go.
  • Wherever possible transport your children to and from school. Many bus stops will be blocked by snow and in places across the county, children will need to walk in the roadway on part of their journey to school. Parents can help tremendously by providing transportation for their children (and their neighbors’ children) wherever possible.
  • Discourage high school students from driving to high schools or the Centers of Applied Technology. While the lots are clear, the snow has to go somewhere. The resulting piles will mean a diminished number of spaces at our 12 high schools and two Centers of Applied Technology. At least through the end of this week, students who normally drive to school should use alternate transportation.
  • Employees should carpool where possible. Again, some school and office lots will have a reduced number of spaces due to the piles of snow.

This has not been an easy time for anyone. Together, however, we can all help ensure a safe return to school for our students and employees. Thank you for everything you continue to do to partner with us.

Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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