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