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December is here and that is the official start of winter, which means snow, ice, wind chills, and blizzards all become greater possibilities. Mother Nature seemed to not want to wait this year so we are now into the winter driving season as well.

Student and staff safety is the driving force in the decision-making process on whether to cancel school, start late, or get out early due to weather-related circumstances. Please discuss your plan with your students. They need to know what to do if school is canceled or delayed, or let out early.

Osage Transportation Director, Bobbie Meyer and I start driving the roads between 4:30-5:00 a.m. (sometimes earlier). We are checking the blacktops and gravel roads for road conditions, visibility concerns and travel conditions across the entire school district. Please understand the decision to have school or not is not made lightly. The decision is made based on current conditions, weather forecasts, radar, law enforcement and other neighboring schools data.

We will continue to communicate via TV (KIMT/KAAL/KTTC), radio (KCHA stations/KSMA/KISS/KLKK), and the Osage Community School website, Facebook page, and Twitter. JMC Messaging will also call/email/text you depending on what you signed up for.

Thank you for your continued support of the Osage Community School District.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at 641-732-5381.

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