February 21, 2021--While we were looking forward to reopening schools tomorrow, snow and ice on school parking lots and many bus routes have not melted as quickly as we would have liked. The GMSD winter weather team inspected each school parking lot, neighborhood streets, and several shaded bus routes around 6 PM this evening and made the determination it is still too unsafe for buses, students, and employees to travel.
While all school campuses will be closed Monday, February 22nd, GMSD students will continue to learn virtually.
The virtual student meal pick-up has been canceled for Monday, February 22nd. In-person after-school activities may resume pending favorable road conditions in the afternoon.
Students in grades 6-12 will use student-assigned devices for virtual learning and follow their regular Monday schedule.
K-5 students will continue to use a mixture of asynchronous learning and synchronous digital learning. Please check your email for additional details from your school and classroom teachers regarding expectations and assignments.
IEP meetings will continue as planned. Related services (speech, language, occupational and physical therapies) have released a signup genius for those interested in synchronous learning. Please contact your case manager for more information. Asynchronous activities will be posted on the therapists’ Schoology pages.
GMSD Winter Weather Alerts
The Germantown Municipal School District’s Inclement Weather Team will be carefully monitoring weather conditions and forecasts over the next few days to identify safety concerns for students and staff. The team will make every effort to inform the Germantown community of school closures and early dismissals with as much advance notice as possible. Hope everyone is staying safe, warm, and healthy.
2021 Weather Alerts
The Germantown Municipal School District’s Inclement Weather Team will be carefully monitoring weather conditions and forecasts over the next few weeks to identify safety concerns for students and staff. The team will make every effort to inform the Germantown community of school closures and early dismissals with as much advance notice as possible.
As a preventative measure, plant managers may arrive early to identify slippery areas and apply de-icer or close walkways as needed. In addition, our maintenance crews are prepared to address related issues. With the predicted lower temperatures, we recommend parents use their best judgment when it comes to students that normally walk/bike to school.
The Germantown Municipal School District has 9 extra days built in the calendar, above and beyond what is required by the state. To date (February 10, 2021), the district has exhausted 7 of those days for COVID preparations at the beginning of the school year, one for professional development, and one for inclement weather on February 11, 2021. GMSD will be utilizing virtual learning days for all future, appropriate inclement weather events.
GMSD is required to exhaust ALL inclement weather days before exercising virtual learning days. If a snow day is declared, then it is a 'snow day' for students. Families will be notified when all inclement weather days are exhausted and a virtual day will be utilized. Virtual days may include the use of asynchronous paper/pencil packets and/or digital opportunities for elementary school students. In middle and high school, virtual days will resume as normal.
Social Media - Information will be updated regularly on our social media sites. You can view our social media feeds on this page.
District Website – School closings and dismissals will be posted on the main page of our district website.
GMSD also submits weather alerts to all local news stations.