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Thursday, 06 February 2014 04:10

Recent snow could cause longer MO school year

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's education department says the latest in a series of winter storms could cause school districts to extend classes into the summer.
   Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Sarah Potter says public schools have already had more snow days than usual in the current academic year.
   Many districts have had to call off classes the past two months because of snow, ice and cold temperatures. Potter says schools might need to cut short spring and summer vacations.
   The department requires school districts to build six snow days into their calendars and those days must be made up in full. Subsequent snow days only count for a half day that must be made up during the academic year.
 
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   Students at one Arnold school will have to attend classes off campus this morning.  That's because a 160 foot cell tower in the front yard of the Lone Dell Elementary School has become unstable.  It's leaning precariously and US Cellular engineers have said they're concerned that it could topple over.  

   Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies closed Tomahawk Drive and Gary Road in Arnold as a precaution.  

   School officials have said Lone Dell will hold classes this morning at the Rickman Auditorium in the 700 block of Jeffco Boulevard.

 

   The Fox C-6 School District posted the following letter on its website (http://www.fox.k12.mo.us/):

 

   Dear Parents,

 

    Late this afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. the district was contacted by US Cellular about the cell tower at Lone Dell Elementary.  It was inspected yesterday and results were issued today. The inspection failed.  As a precautionary measure, Lone Dell Elementary will have NO access tomorrow. The main safety concern is not the actual school building, but cars and busses entering the drive by the entrance where the tower is located.   

   The students will be picked up, as usual, at their respective bus stops and taken to Rickman Auditorium for school.  They will also utilize the Fox C-6 Service Center for their fall parties.  

   The safety of your children and yourselves is our top priority. As a preventative measure, we feel this is the safest solution for everyone involved.  It would be helpful if you could pack a lunch for your child.  However; if that is not possible our food service program will provided a cold sack lunch.  The children will be taken home at the regular dismissal time and dropped at their regular bus stops.  If you pick your child up, you will need to do so at the Fox C-6 Service Center at normal dismissal time.  

   Thank you for your support and understanding.  If you have any other questions related to this, please contact our office at 636-296-8000. 

 

   Thank you in advance for your cooperation, 

 

   Dr. Dianne Critchlow 

   Superintendent of Schools 

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   A heat wave is taking hold of the metro-area and reminding us that it's August in St. Louis.  

   The National Weather Services has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area from noon Tuesday until 7:00 Saturday evening.  

   Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid and upper 90's, with heat indices around 100 over the next several days.  There will be little relief at night, especially in the urban heat island of St. Louis.  

   At least a few schools are closing early today as a precaution.  They include the Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville which will close at noon and St. John the Baptist in Villa Ridge which plans to close at 11:30.  Also, all schools in the Bunker Hill District are closing at 2 p.m. today.

   And the extreme heat is forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend. Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM. 

   Extra precaution is warranted, especially for those spending time outside.  OSHA recommends drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.  

   For information about cooling centers, call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line phone.  Or call 1-800-427-4626. 

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   A heat wave is taking hold of the metro-area and reminding us that it's August in St. Louis.  

   The National Weather Services has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area from noon Tuesday until 7:00 Saturday evening.  

   Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid and upper 90's, with heat indices around 100 over the next several days.  There will be little relief at night, especially in the urban heat island of St. Louis.  

   At least a few schools are closing early today as a precaution.  They include the Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville which will close at noon and St. John the Baptist in Villa Ridge which plans to close at 11:30.  Also, all schools in the Bunker Hill District are closing at 2 p.m. today.

   And the extreme heat is forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend. Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM. 

   Extra precaution is warranted, especially for those spending time outside.  OSHA recommends drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.  

   For information about cooling centers, call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line phone.  Or call 1-800-427-4626. 

Published in Local News
Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:10

Two schools to close in Cahokia, IL

Administrators of the school district in Cahokia, Illinois plan to close two schools in an effort to spare education programs and teaching jobs.

The board is looking to close an early childhood center and the freshman academy. The freshmen will be merged in with students at the regular high school.

 

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   Kratz Elementary School in the Riteneour School District is closed due to the power outage in St. Ann.

   Riverview Gardens summer school classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 3rd.  The closure is due to storm damage and power outages to the districts four schools hosting summer school.

   The St. Louis Archdioceses School, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Mo. will also be closed on Monday, due to the lack of power from Friday’s storm.

   The Ferguson-Florissant school district is making changes to its summer programs, due to Friday’s storm damage to buildings and power outages.

   Monday’s summer classes at McCluer High School and Johnson-Wabash Elementary School have been cancelled.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 4th at the following locations:  Johnson-Wabash Elementary summer school will be held at Duchesne Elementary School, located at 100 South New Florissant Road.  McCluer High summer school will be relocated to McCluer North at 705 North Waterford Drive.  The districts other summer program, Adventure Camp; is being moved to Combs Elementary School located at 300 St. Jean Street in Florissant, effective Monday, June 3rd.

 

Published in Around Town

   Kratz Elementary School in the Riteneour School District is closed due to the power outage in St. Ann.

   Riverview Gardens summer school classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 3rd.  The closure is due to storm damage and power outages to the districts four schools hosting summer school.

   The St. Louis Archdioceses School, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Mo. will also be closed on Monday, due to the lack of power from Friday’s storm.

   The Ferguson-Florissant school district is making changes to its summer programs, due to Friday’s storm damage to buildings and power outages.

   Monday’s summer classes at McCluer High School and Johnson-Wabash Elementary School have been cancelled.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 4th at the following locations:  Johnson-Wabash Elementary summer school will be held at Duchesne Elementary School, located at 100 South New Florissant Road.  McCluer High summer school will be relocated to McCluer North at 705 North Waterford Drive.  The districts other summer program, Adventure Camp; is being moved to Combs Elementary School located at 300 St. Jean Street in Florissant, effective Monday, June 3rd.

 

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   A broken water main is forcing some south city residents to boil their water.  

   The city of St. Louis has issued a boil order while crews finish repairs to a 12-inch water main at Jamieson and Westway Road, near Francis Park.  The boil order affects the southwestern part of the city, including those south of Arsenal, west of Hampton, north of Eichelberger and east of River Des Peres.  

   Residents are instructed to boil water for three minutes before drinking it or using it in cooking.  If water sample tests due back Tuesday afternoon are clear, the boil order could be lifted at that time.  

   Because of the boil order, all three campuses of  the Word of Life Lutheran School and Step Ahead Childcare Academy in Southwest St. Louis will be closed Tuesday. 

Published in Local News

   Some schools initially closed after Wednesday night's storms will be open today.  

   Shenandoah Elementary School in Chesterfield will hold classes today, despite roof damage.  Parkway District officials say some students will meet in different classrooms until repairs are made.

   Some schools in the Hazelwood district will also be back open today, but several other remain closed. Classes are cancelled at Hazelwood West High School, West Middle School, McNair Elementary, Russell Elementary, Armstrong Elementary, and West Early Childhood Center. After school activities are also cancelled.

 
Published in Local News

Shenandoah Valley Elementary in Chesterfield remains closed today but will be open tomorrow.

Parkway School District officials say some students will be moved to other classrooms, but remain in the school. 

 

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