Londonderry School District: Morning Commute

Dear Londonderry Families, Staff, and Students –

We are sorry for the mess of a commute into school today.

We approached today’s weather call as we always do; we:

  1. monitored the weather days before it approached.
  2. attended a statewide briefing on the storm yesterday afternoon.
  3. coordinated early this morning with the Londonderry Department of Public Works, our Buildings and Grounds Department, neighboring School Districts, and our Bus Company, studying the weather information and checking the roads ourselves to make this morning’s call.

At 5AM this morning, we came to the same conclusion as our neighboring districts, with the information we had that rain would continue through the morning commute, and we were in good shape for a normal opening.

Obviously, as we started our bus runs for Londonderry High School, the weather changed quickly to snow and ice, which caused a far more treacherous commute for everyone than we expected.

We had many bus delays and needed the help of Londonderry DPW to ice and salt the roads continually to get the routes moving, as well as the help of LPD to move some of our buses that were stuck. Additionally, a number of bus routes did not occur at the High School, Middle School, and our Elementary Schools.

This was a very problematic morning commute, and again, we are sorry for all of the troubles and inconveniences that occurred.

As of now, we have all our students in school that are going to make it in. We are seeing warming weather throughout the day, and the roads are already in much better shape. Based on the current weather forecast, we do not see the need for an early release. We do expect to start our afternoon bus runs and dismissal closer to 2pm at Londonderry High School, to give ourselves more time to get everyone home safely.

We are going to cancel PM Kindergarten and LEEP for today at Moose Hill so that we have enough bus drivers and are ready for PM dismissal for the rest of our schools.

We know there are many major events occurring in our schools after school and tomorrow, with more snow coming in tonight and tomorrow morning. We will work with all our schools on those events and come up with appropriate plans later today and tomorrow morning with further communication for affected students and families.

We appreciate your patience with this morning’s commute.

Interim Superintendent

Dan Black

Londonderry School Board Agenda 12-13-2022

The meeting of the Londonderry School Board will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 7:00 PM at the Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH in the LHS Cafeteria. The meeting will be broadcast on local Cable Access Ch. 21 as well as the District’s YouTube Channel.

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From District Office – First ALICE Drills With Students Happening in December

Greetings, Londonderry School District Families:

As you know, since last Spring, the School District’s Emergency Operations and Procedures Committee (EOP) in partnership with the Londonderry Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) have worked diligently to certify the District as an ALICE trained school community to best prepare our schools for a Violent Critical Incident. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.

Feel free to view this link to the ALICE Parent Information Night we held in September to learn more about ALICE and its implementation in Londonderry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eddDDLc6phs&t=27s

The next phase of our ALICE implementation is to prepare our students for the ALICE response system. When students return to school after Thanksgiving, their homeroom teachers will be using age-appropriate lesson plans from the Navigate360 ALICE website to discuss what ALICE is and what they would do in the event of a Violent Critical Incident. Individual schools will reach out to their families with what those specific lesson plans look like for your student’s grade level. We encourage you to talk with your students about ALICE and what they’ve learned during the week of 11/28.

Once we have prepared our students, we plan to have ALICE drills at each school during the week of 12/5 to practice just the Enhanced Lockdown and Barricading classrooms. SROs, School Administrators, and members of the EOP committee will be at each building to ensure all goes smoothly during the following ALICE Enhanced Lockdown/Barricade drill schedule:

  • December 5: 9:05 LHS
  • December 6: 9:00 LMS, 10:15 MH AM, 2:00 MT
  • December 7: 1:15 MH PM
  • December 8: 9:30 South, 2:00 North
  • December 9: Snow make up

Once drills are completed, building principals will reach out to let you know we have finished the drill.

We appreciate your support as we do our best to keep our school community safe. We are proud of our staff for taking ALICE seriously and protecting our students. Please reach out to your building administrators if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Daniel Black, Interim Superintendent