Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Wednesday, Feb. 21 due to snow and freezing temperatures.
Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.
Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. The Wednesday early release is cancelled. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.
If you haven’t done so already, consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com (families-school delays and cancellations), on Facebook, and on local media.
The safety and well-being of our youngsters is more important than anything. Schools throughout Longview focus on safety every single day in a variety of ways.
- Relationships between students and trusted adults is the foundation. In the recent incident at R. A. Long, a student had a concern that he shared, and it was acted on immediately. Adults will continue to be available and responsive to our students. Schools remind students: “see something, say something!”
- Emergency response drills are conducted so that, if ever necessary, students and staff members will be prepared. Responses fall into four general categories–shelter in place (for example–wind or hazardous materials), evacuate (for example–fire or threat inside the building), lockout (for example–a police activity near the school, and lockdown (for example–active threat in the building).
- Collaboration with community police and firefighters in safety planning and in response to incidents in and near our schools.
- Best-practice response–In the event of an active threat where a person’s actions are causing or meant to cause harm to others, schools will use an A-L-I-C-E response. Taken in any order, A-L-I-C-E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Those actions can be taken in any order. Students have been instructed on ALICE protocols.
- Security–schools restrict entrance points to schools as much as is practical, and at elementary schools only the front entrance–which has surveillance cameras–is unlocked.
- Reunification–if a situation requires students to be reunited with their families, parents will be asked to present photo ID before their child is released.
- Communication regarding an incident at their child’s school will be provided to families as quickly as possible. Communications will be primarily via Skyward email. It is critical that parent’s contact information is up-to-date so that information can be delivered. If there is an incident district-wide (such as weather or natural disaster) the district will communicate primarily via FlashAlert. It is important that the FlashAlert subscription (which is free) is updated each year by individual users.
“This community’s unfailing support helps provide our students the opportunities they need to gain the knowledge and life skills to succeed. This includes our efforts in the classroom, in clubs and athletics” –Superintendent Dan Zorn
Longview School District voters approved two replacement levies that were proposed Feb. 13.
The two-year Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy will help the district maintain essential student programs and services beyond what is funded by the state as “basic education.” Initial elections results show a 59.3% approval.
It includes funds to pay for staff members above those supported by the state including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselor, custodians and coaches; for materials and supplies, staff training and all extra curricular activities including athletics.
The four-year Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy will provide additional money for maintenance and improvement of district buildings, facilities and fields. It will also eliminate the need to use $500,000 out of the general fund for this purpose. In addition, a portion of the levy will enable the district to keep its teaching and learning technology up-to-date. Initial elections results show a 59.1% approval.
These taxes, which replace the ones expiring at the end of this school year, address needs that exceed state funding.
“We are so grateful that Longview voters have said ‘yes’ to local tax support for our schools. This will allow us to continue our focus on student learning and improving achievement,” said Dan Zorn, superintendent.