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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • CHS Storm Days Activities Policy in the works

  • Currently there is no official storm day activities policy, but one is in the works by Superintendent Chris Bates, Activities Director Don Donarski and the Coaches Association.
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  • With all the blizzards, what a great year for Crookston school board members and administrators to review the storm day activities policy.
     
    Wait a minute, there isn't one.
     
    That's right, currently there is no official storm day activities policy, but one is in the works by Superintendent Chris Bates, Activities Director Don Donarski and the Coaches Association.
     
    "We are in the early stages of constructing a policy that will provide direction on determining if co-curricular and extra-curricular teams will be allowed to practice or compete on day in which school has been cancelled due to weather," Donarski said at Monday's school board meeting.
     
    A few of the determining factors in the policy could be:
    • Section playoff game or week of
    • Weather has dramatically improved
    • Roadways are clear for travel
    • Determination is made prior to the event or departure time
    • Final discretion is up to superintendent and activities director
    • MSHSL temperature guidelines
     
    The reason for creating an official policy has been brought to light a couple times this winter season.
     
    "We all agree if school lets out early because a storm is coming or is here, everything's cancelled," school board member Frank Fee said. "But if school is cancelled earlier, there may be an opportunity to practice. A couple nights weather was better at night and we could have done stuff.”
     
    Fee explained that the biggest issue with storm days is hockey players being able to practice at the arena during a storm day but other activities can not practice at the high school.
     
    "Kids can get to the arena and skate, but a kid who needs the school can't get into the gym and gets ticked off," explained Fee. "That's where a lot of the rub is. You can tell the coach you're not having practice, but you can't tell a kid you can't go to the sports center."
     
    Wrestling was noted as an example, which did not have practice for two days and then had to wrestle soon after.
     
    Bates hopes other schools will see the policy and adopt it too.
     
    "We'll write the policy and then send it to 20 schools, if they don't join us we'll be willing to play but have no one to play," he explained. "Hopefully it'll make sense and they'll say we should do this too."
     
    Page 2 of 2 - "Playoffs are out of our control, those are section controlled games," Donarski explained. "We can choose not to send kids and there won't be a forfeit."
     
    Fee finshed by saying, "the point is never to send our kids into harm's way."
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