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Royal Oak Schools Plan to Open Wednesday

Should conditions warrant closing school, an alert will be sent.

The following information is from Royal Oak Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin:

Based upon current forecasts, Royal Oak Schools plan to be open tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29.  While temperatures tomorrow are forecast to be cold, current predictions have morning temperatures above the threshold where school would definitely be canceled and temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day.  The wind chill warning that was in effect has been downgraded to a wind chill advisory, which ends at 10 a.m. tomorrow.  We will continue to closely monitor forecasts and actual conditions through this evening and into the early morning hours.  Should conditions warrant closing school, an alert will be sent.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, we will be following our published calendar on which tomorrow begins with professional development for teachers and a late start for students.  According to that calendar, student start times for tomorrow are as follows:

  • Royal Oak High School:   8:55 a.m.

  • Royal Oak Middle School: 9 a.m.

  • All Elementary Schools: 9:25 a.m.

Those measures normally in place at each level to accommodate students who need to arrive at normal school start times will be in placetomorrow. In addition, arrangements are being made at each school building to be sure that no students wait outside tomorrow morning.

Please be sure to allow yourself extra time for travel tomorrow and use extra care on the roads and in parking lots. I encourage you to be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for cold weather before they leave your home. While elementary students will not to have outdoor recess when temperatures – actual or wind chill – are below fifteen degrees, suitable outdoor wear is still important for the trip to and from school.

Thank you for your support of your children and their learning and for your patience and understanding during this exceptional winter season.

Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Superintendent of Schools

Shelly Renee January 28, 2014 at 07:30 PM
By noon it will be -9...that's probably warm enough :-\...unless you're walking.
David Dennis January 29, 2014 at 05:54 AM
Seriously? Hazel Park, Oak Park, Ferndale, Warren, and over 55 other schools in Oakland County are closed do to road and temperature conditions because they clearly care for our children's health and the safety of our drivers, can someone please explain to me why Royal Oak is open without telling me a chill warning was simply downgraded to an "advisory" the temp is -2 right now without factoring in the wind chill, after that remind me how long it takes for frostbite to set in when children have to walk in the elements or if you trust teenage motorists on the ice, I'm not angry about making children go to school but I'm concerned about the reasons, is a few extra days at the end of the year worth the risk to our kids?
Shelly Renee January 29, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Yeah i don't get how today is any different than yesterday?
Bob January 29, 2014 at 09:06 AM
How do they go to school in Minnesota? The amount of days the schools have closed this year is ridiculous. Dress your children appropriately and suck it up. How about the plans to make up for lost days? What are they going to do, add five meaningless minutes to the day going forward? Meanwhile, Chinese kids continue to go to school everyday and for more days. We fall further behind.
Shelly Renee January 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Bob, we have winter clothing but we do not have everything you need for weather like people that live in Alaska have. just like people in Florida right now they can't find warm enough clothes for the temperatures that they are even having. and when you been laid off for over a year you cant just run out and buy a bunch of warm clothes. I don't CARE what China is doing. and why do you? they don't get paid nearly enough for what they do over there. they are killing themselves because they're terrible working situations. but back to the topic... somewhere in Ohio they are asking the state or whatever to allow them more snow days instead of tacking them on to the end of the year which would dip into the funding for the schools and mess up a bunch of stuff... maybe that's what we need to do? with Royal Oak being so broke and all... they had to sell off all the schools and especially all of the busing... I don't think they need to add to the bill by adding more school days on. if they took away these late starts till the end of the year it would make up for at least one day. these late starts are stupid and cause problems for working parents.
Shelly Renee January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM
and by the way schools in Minnesota ARE closed. Ferndale ...Hazel Park, CLOSED
Bob January 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM
That was the kind of apologist reply I was expecting. Any kid that does not have boots, a coat, a hat, a scarf and gloves has a neglectful parent. They are not trying to survive the Alaskan frontier, just get to school. Recess indoors is certainly a good idea. Eliminating school days is not a good idea. We should be trying to figure out how to add to the school year instead.
Bill Shaw January 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Hello from Atlanta GA, Presently the state is in a state of emergency. I've lived in Royal Oak, Minnesota, Pittsburg, Philadelphia. Never have I seen a situation that"s happening in GA especially Atlanta. It's !!am and childern are still in school busses as they have been there overnight. Over 1000 childern have stayed in schools over night. Superendents have cited this as the first time they have ever faced this situation. Even with all this second guessers are condemning everybody and everyone Governor, Mayors, School Superintendants, State Police, GDOT. It's a mess! Hope you're all safe!
Michael S. January 30, 2014 at 02:25 AM
Bill Shaw, surely the winter storms from 1982 and 1993 must not have happened. While I admit maybe under the superintendents watch they have not faced an issue like this before, it does not mean that none have happened. I remember my days living in Georgia. Southern Georgia at that. Sure they are not prepared or equipped to handle any kind of snow situation and yes everything down there shuts down when less than an inch of snow fall. They do not have snow plows or salt trucks. It is best the children stay where they are for their safety. The last thing anyone wants in Georgia is people who have never driven in snow on the roads trying to make the situation worse. It is not ideal, but it is the best that everyone there can do. The people here seem to be managing just fine as they are better prepared for the situation. Whatever you do Bill just try to stay warm and calm and when that sun comes and warms you up send some up this way.
Bill Shaw January 30, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Michael S. Yes, we heard about '82 and '93 ad nauseam. It's been pointed out that the state did learn from the events. Proof of this is added snow equipment and chemicals to prevent freezing. Surprisingly enough, equipment was not the problem and I agree with you that circumstances are different here. The main issue was weather information from the Nat. Weather Bureau and the locals did not agree and have a consensus, and, there were some delays on the dissemination of information. Needless to say the cold front and snow came through much faster than expected. When word finally went out all federal, state and county offices closed along with all school closing. Add to this the impact of all businesses closing and normal heavy daily traffic, in effect, in an hour they ended up with the most massive event of grig lock I've ever witnessed. They could have had a thousand trucks, but not able to utilize them. The roads were totally blocked! Even today there are thousands of abandoned cars and trucks to be towed to clear some roads. Now the finger pointing begins! As you know, this week-end we will be in the mid 60's and this will all be in the rear view mirror. Thanks for the comment...stay warm for super bowl!!! I'll do my best to send help North!!!
Shelly Renee February 01, 2014 at 01:04 AM
Ummm...if some kids don't have stuff, which mine do PLUS a ride lol so I'm not sure who you're insinuating is neglectful here BOB lol...or even why you would suggest such a thing towards anybody? Ohhhh that is right...you are that "perfect" Mr. do right that thinks he knows why everyone does what they do...and of course it must be something "horrible". Lol. Well whatever BOB i hope your kind heart donated at least one warm article of clothing to someone in need that couldn't afford it due to many "legitimate" reasons. (lay offs, mental health etc.) Hope you find it in your heart to be more helpful and less judgmental, while pulling that stick out of your...

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