November 14, 2014

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

The purpose of this communication is to provide you with an update regarding issues that some have experienced with the district’s Point of Sale system in our school cafeterias.

Let me begin by extending our sincerest apologies to those who may have experienced any difficulties while we were updating our Point of Sales system.  The communication between the Meal Pay Plus system and the school registers has been corrected and is now active.  Your children's account balances have been corrected after having been manually checked and verified.  Identified duplicate accounts have been merged and every student now has only one account.

We would also like to clarify one additional area where there was expressed confusion.  If you choose to deposit funds into your child's account through Meal Pay Plus, you may do so by putting funds in either the meal account or the general account.  The meal account is strictly for the breakfast and lunch meals only.  If you put funds into the general account, your child may purchase anything ala cart in addition to a meal.  We would recommend putting the funds into the general account unless you do not want your child to purchase anything in addition to the meal.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to address all matters associated with the conversion of the new Point of Sales system.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maggie Dreher, Director of Nutritional Services at (860) 404-4734, John Spang, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations at (860) 404-4700 or me at (860) 404-4700.  You may also email me at gmala@avon.k12.ct.us.

I look forward to communicating with you again very soon and thank you for the continued support of your schools.

Very truly yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala

Superintendent of Schools

Avon Public Schools

gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

 

November 14, 2014

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the beginning of the winter season.

Given the increased possibility of weather causing disruptions to school schedules, I wish to take this opportunity to share with you how the decision is made to postpone, cancel or conduct school during periods of inclement weather.

Let me begin by reiterating that the safety of students and staff traveling to schools is the single greatest factor considered when making the decision to alter a daily school schedule.  My communications with neighboring districts’ Superintendents begins at approximately 4:00 a.m.  These contacts are followed by my participation in a conference call with the Superintendents of school districts in the north central and north western section of our state. Participating in the conference call is a contracted weather professional who has many years of advising school districts about the specifics associated with weather events.  Calls are also made to the Avon Police Department, the Avon Department of Public Works and the district’s Director of Facilities for reports regarding the conditions of the parking areas and sidewalks.  Before the final decision is made, communication is again exchanged with Superintendents of school districts contiguous to ours with a final decision being achieved at approximately 5:15 a.m.  The decision is then communicated via district based electronic systems and on all identified television and radio sources.

My hope is that any weather we experience this winter does not cause a need to significantly disrupt the normal, daily schedules of our schools.

I am also confirming that all school delays will be announced as two (2) hour delays.  Classes for half-day kindergarten students and morning only pre-school students would be cancelled.

This 2 hour delay schedule continues to address a number of issues including but not limited to 1) the need to allow sufficient time for the Town of Avon Public Works to complete their work on local streets, 2) district maintenance and custodial staff to adequately prepare all school property in the event of inclement weather, and 3) resolve the frequent, observed confusion regarding bus times and school starting times when any other duration in delay is announced.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to provide for the safety of students and staff.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (860) 404-4700 or email me at gmala@avon.k12.ct.us.

I look forward to communicating with you again very soon and thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you and your children.

Very truly yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala

Superintendent of Schools

Avon Public Schools

gmala@avon.k12.ct.us