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June 19, 2014

Derry school district to consider blizzard bags

Derry may sign up for pilot program

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Nelson said there would be a lot of preliminary work by the team to get the application and proposal in place. But having blizzard bags in place in case there might be two or three days of school missed in a row could be a big help.

The program would cater to all grades, kindergarten up through middle school, with work tailored appropriately to all ages, she said.

“I like the idea, as it protects the end of the school year,” School Board member Brenda Willis said. “But I don’t want it to be just busy work.”

Willis said it’s worth a try.

“It’s great to explore it, and have the information,” she said. “But I still have a lot of questions as well.”

After a pilot year, Nelson said parents and staff would be surveyed again to get thoughts on the program. She said there is a lot of work to do, but she hopes to have a pilot blizzard bag program ready to go by the fall.

“I think we can develop it this summer, and by Dec. 1 have it ready to roll,” she said. “I don’t think we have to wait for another whole school year.”

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