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Lee's Summit R-7 to hold school on...
Lee's Summit R-7 to hold school on Thursday, Feb. 28
February 27, 2013
Families encouraged to review winter safety tips with children
After a thorough review of road conditions as well as school parking lots and walk ways, Lee's Summit R-7 officials are announcing this afternoon that all schools will be in session on Thursday, Feb. 28, following a two-day closure for inclement weather.
"We normally do not announce when we are holding school," said Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, "but we wanted to provide families with this news today and also offer safety tips related to the unusually high piles of snow near our community's roadways and sidewalks."
With temperatures predicted to remain at or below freezing for the next few days, it is likely that the large snow mounds and drifts will remain with us into next week.
Families are encouraged to remind children walking within neighborhoods and waiting for school buses of the following:
· Bus drivers and other drivers will have limited visibility due to the drifts and piles of snow, so children are encouraged to stay away from the street.
· Children should not play on snow piles near the street or in parking areas where vehicles are located. Drivers cannot see children on or inside of a tunneled snow pile.
· Students and all pedestrians should ensure that they are visible at all times to drivers when crossing the street or walking across parking lots.
· Children and adults are encouraged to dress warmly and wear shoes that are made for walking in snow- and ice-covered surfaces.
· If snow is blocking a school bus stop, students are asked to move to the nearest safe, cleared driveway to wait for the bus.
· Students waiting at bus stops should always stand at least 10 feet away from the street.
· Students and adults should always stay away from downed power lines, and children are encouraged to report downed lines to an adult.
Parents of teenage drivers are also encouraged to discuss winter driving safety with their children, including slowing down near intersections and curves and watching out for slick spots and "black ice."
Dr. McGehee added that the district is communicating this information with families via its website, electronic newsletter and through local media. In addition, a School Messenger recorded phone call is going to all families and district staff on Feb. 27.
"The amount of snow piled throughout our community creates a unique situation," added Dr. McGehee.
"Based on review of streets, we believe it is safe to have school on Thursday but want to provide families with safety tips related to the unusually large piles of snow that appear to be here to stay for at least a few more days."
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