Weather Causes Lakehill Celebration, Concern

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Plummeting temperatures, ice, sleet, and snow … not a typical winter in Dallas.

The “monster storm” that descended last week left schools across the region closed for an unprecedented four consecutive days. Just when students were “warming up” to being back at school, another dose of winter weather forced schools to close again Wednesday.

“We would much rather be holding classes [yesterday],” Lakehiil Prep Headmaster Roger Perry said. “But clearly the most important thing at this point is the safety and well being of our students and their families.”

While students celebrated the abundance of snow days and the break from their routines, parents wondered what it would mean for the remainder of the year.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that we would miss five days of school in such a short period of time,” said Assistant Head of School Lara Gajkowski. “I know there are many questions about making up these missed days. We are working closely with other ISAS [Independent Schools Association of the Southwest] schools to come up with the best plan of action. We do know that it is too late to make adjustments to the Winter Break holiday. Winter Break will take place as scheduled February 18 through February 21.”

With a week of school missed, the administration responded quickly by extending the fourth six weeks from Feb. 11 until Feb. 17. Report cards will now be issued Feb. 25.

The school will keep families advised as plans become solidified. Every effort is being made to provide the most opportunities with the fewest interruptions. One advantage is that the school day was extended this year for middle and upper school.

“The longer day, combined with the block scheduling, has allowed us to operate with very few interruptions to our school day. Students have enjoyed the same enrichment activities with fewer interruptions to their class schedules,” Gajkowski said. “We are working hard to reschedule as many of the missed activities as possible.”

Thanks to Gigi Ekstrom, Lakehill’s director of marketing and community relations, for the words and picture.

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