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January 24, 2013

School delay causes 161 tardies

Misunderstanding over start time leads to widespread lateness

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One possibility that Hamond suggested was including a note in the school’s notification system that mentions the high school’s 9:30 a.m. start time when two-hour snow delays are announced. Hamond and Superintendent Michele Robinson both said the objective must be to make sure the message is still clear and concise without causing any confusion for the lower grade levels that have different start times.

As far as why so many students showed up late on Tuesday, Hamond speculated that the relative lack of snow delays over the past few years might have been an important factor. He said the last time the current students at Amesbury High had experienced a snow delay could have been when they were in middle school or even elementary school, where delays are based on the start of the day’s first class.

If that was the case, he said he could understand how so many families might make a reasonable assumption that the same was true at the high school.

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