Searcy School District Winter Weather and Illness Guidelines
With extremely cold temperatures, we know wintry weather is a strong possibility. Searcy School District’s first priority is the safety of our students and staff. If school is to be closed due to inclement weather, the Superintendent will make the decision the night before if at all possible. If the decision to close school is unable to be made the night before, the Searcy School District administration will travel district roads and bus routes to make a final decision in the early morning.
We will communicate with the public in various ways which include placing a notification on the Searcy School District website homepage at www.searcyschools.org and making an announcement on the Searcy School District Facebook page. Parents of our students will receive a phone message indicating that school is closed for the day, and we will notify local and state media outlets.
In regards to make-up days, we have five days built into the school calendar. Any cancellations after that must be made up according to state law. The following days are designated makeup days: February 16th, April 3rd, May 26th, May 27th, and May 28th.
As stated, our first concern is the safety of our students and staff which also means personal health. Flu has been rampant in Arkansas over the last several weeks. We want to remind our parents of school guidelines regarding illness. In order to provide our students with a healthy environment in which to learn, these guidelines should be followed:
1. If a child complains before school, take his/her temperature and keep the child home if the temperature exceeds 99.9 degrees.
2. If a child complains with a stomach disorder such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, he/she should NOT be sent to school.
3. If a child has a rash of unknown origin or has a suspected condition which may be contagious, do NOT send him/her to school until a physician has diagnosed the condition.
4. If a student is sent home from school with fever, he/she should NOT return to school the next day. A child should be fever-free for 24 hours (being fever-free does not count if the child is given Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil of any kind. The child’s temperature MUST be down on its own.)
5. If a student is sent home from school for vomiting or diarrhea, he/should NOT return to school the next day. The child should be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without any medications.
We appreciate the support our entire school community provides when it comes to the education, health, and safety of our students. We are excited to begin the second semester and look forward to the learning opportunities to come.