From the Superintendent's Desk

November is the month where we begin to get hints from Mother Nature that we will soon be locked in winter’s long and icy embrace. We, as Nebraskans, know that snow and icy road conditions are just around the corner. Before the snow starts to fall, I’d like to remind you about our procedures and protocols at Ravenna Public Schools during inclement weather.

First and foremost, please remember that if you have young drivers on the road, it is always your prerogative as a parent whether or not to send your student out on the road, regardless of whether school is in session or not due to inclement weather. If you need to excuse your child from traveling to school due poor road conditions, please just contact the office and let us know that is the case. Now, before the snow flies, is also a good time to talk to your student drivers about preparing their vehicle for winter driving. Have them put an extra blanket, bottle of water, and snack bar in the trunk of their car. Talk to them about what to do in case of an emergency situation or accident on the way to school. Also, remind them of the importance of driving more slowly and the reduced braking distance that occurs on snow packed and icy roads.

As weather becomes inclement, please be sure to stay tuned to the radio and television for updates. The internet is also a great resource to keep abreast of the most current school closing/late start information. The single best website to bookmark in your browser is the NTV Closings Website, which is available at the following url: <>. This is the best source for accurate and up to date information concerning school postponements and cancellations.

Whenever possible, information regarding late starts and cancellations will be sent out the night before a snow event, prior to 10:00 PM. When cancellation or postponement is eminent the following day, every effort is made to notify the community the night before so that parents can make arrangements for the following day. This is not always possible. When making the decision the night before a snow event is not possible, the decision will be made by 6:00 AM the day of the cancellation or postponement. The goal is always to give parents and community members as much advanced notification as possible of a postponement, late start, or cancellation.

Now is the time to think about winter driving conditions and to prepare your young drivers for the wintery weather that will soon be upon us. I encourage you to take the opportunity to prepare your students and their vehicles for winter driving, before the snow flies.