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Family Communication // November 29, 2023

Dear SPS Families,

Over the Thanksgiving break, I had a chance to spend quality time with family and friends and to enjoy the crisp, clear fall weather. School superintendents moonlight during the winter months as amateur meteorologists, obsessively watching the forecast and trying to predict whether foul weather will require a delay or closure of school. The open/close/delay decision is made by seeking input from local weather services, Sudbury DPW, Sudbury Police, and area superintendents. The decision starts with an assumption that schools will be open and will operate on a regular schedule; weather and travel conditions will determine if closing or a delay is necessary to ensure the safety of students, caretakers, and staff. Closures or delays will be announced by using the District’s automated phone call system so please make sure that your contact information is up-to-date in the ASPEN Family Portal. Efforts will be made to announce as early as possible to give as much time for families and staff to make arrangements. Closure or delay messages will also be posted on the district website. The full procedures can be found by following this link to the District’s website.

Also worth noting:

  • The 2024-25 District Calendar has been posted

  • The Sudbury School Committee will hold its FY25 Budget Hearing on Monday, December 18 at 7 pm. The Hearing will be held virtually. The link to join the meeting will be posted and sent out closer to the Hearing date.

In closing, I wanted to share with you a podcast (Talking to Kids When the World Feels Scary: Strategies for addressing difficult global events with children that build confidence and resilience, Abigail Gerwitz) from Harvard EdCast that offers some helpful information in terms of communicating with children about the difficult events both global and in one’s own life.

Regards,

Brad Crozier, Superintendent