This winter has been a challenge to say the least. I am extremely frustrated with the situation that has transpired over the past month. We will be determining how many hours/days we will need to make up and that decision will be made as soon as possible. There are several factors that go into determining make-up days. Currently, we have four days built in at the end of the school year and that is stated on the school calendar. All final calendar decisions are made by the school board.
While some of you are frustrated and not always agree with snow day determination, please understand that there are several factors that go into the process of deciding.
1. Is it possible to transport our kids on our buses? Snow routes? Overall safety of the students on the buses and the other traffic that is out during morning and afternoon commutes.
2. What does the weather forecast look like? Sometimes weather forecasts are a bit off and the weather forecasted isn’t as severe as predicted.
3. Sidewalks – Are sidewalks safe for students to walk to school? Icy conditions?
4. School Parking Lots and Walkways – Once the students and staff are here, is it safe to move throughout the day with their schedules?
5. Student Drivers – We have many student drivers that drive to school. Is it safe for them to do so?
6. Mountain Travelers – Many of our bus routes and students live in a much higher elevation than in town. While it may be fine at the school, there may be major issues at higher elevations.
7. Staff – Can staff travel safely to the schools?
As we analyze the decision of whether to have school on each of these days, the district office is in constant communication with transportation. Transportation is out as early as 3 a.m. on all of these days. We are analyzing multiple items to come to the best decision that is going to be safe for all students, parents, and staff. I understand the frustration that comes with snow days and the tough situations that come with cancelling school. At this point, I am very frustrated as well and I know that our kids need to be in school.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and hopefully we have a mild rest of the winter.
Change to Semester End Date and Grading Day
Due to the recent snow days, we will be changing the end of the first semester. January 27th, originally a no-school/teacher grading day will be a regular school day. February 3rd will be the first semester end date, and that will be the no-school/teacher grading day.
School Board Meetings
The District School Board meets the second Monday of the month. The next meeting of the Board is Wednesday, January 18, 2017. This is rescheduled from the Monday, January 9 meeting. The District Office Board Room at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to attend. Please call the District Office at 503.324.8591 if you have any questions.
Hazardous weather or unexpected emergencies may require changes in school and bus schedules. The decision to cancel classes or delay the start of school will be prior to 5:45 a.m. If schools are forced to close during the school day, every effort is made to contact parents. Notification will be posted on local television and radio stations and also on the district website. You can also receive information by subscribing to FlashAlert. To sign up for notifications, please go to www.flashalert.net.
Identification of Disabled Students
The Banks School District is seeking assistance in locating children with disabilities (birth through age 21) who have not graduated from high school and currently are not attending nor receiving other special services from public schools.
Oregon and federal law mandate educational services for children with disabilities. Banks School District provides educational programs and services for eligible children from kindergarten through high school. Services provided are appropriate to each child's disability. The Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) provides educational services for eligible children from birth to kindergarten.
Parents, guardians, or anyone who knows of a child (age five through 21*) with a disability currently not receiving educational services are asked to notify the Student Services Office at 503-324-5151.
* For children younger than kindergarten, please call the NWRESD at 503-614-1446.
Radon Plan 2016-17
All school districts in Oregon must develop a plan to accurately measure school buildings for elevated radon levels. Please click to see Banks School District's 2016-17 Radon Plan.
Lead levels tested in Banks
Banks conducted 63 tests for lead levels in June 2016. One drinking fountain was replaced, and the lead levels in Banks School District are below the EPA's recommended. Levels. The official record of lead testing is available in the District Office.
Reporting Student Safety Issues
Banks School District encourages students, parents, staff, and all community members to report any safety issues directly to our Leadership Team. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call Jeff Leo at 503-324-8591.
Restraint and Seclusion Report
OAR 581-021-0559 mandates that school districts report annually on restraint and seclusion use. Here is a link to our report for the 2015-2016 School Year.
The Banks Board of Education and School District prohibits discrimination and harassment on any basis protected by law, including but not limited to, an individual’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability or perceived disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status, or because of the perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability or perceived disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status of any other persons with whom the individual associates. For a complaint form please see Board Policy AC-AR. Please send the form to Jeff Leo, Superintendent.
“Sexual orientation” means an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth.