From Lincoln County Schools
Lincoln County Schools will close one day early for winter break, with school being cancelled on Friday, Dec. 21. School will return to session on Monday, Jan. 7, as originally scheduled.
Superintendent Tom Rinearson said a combination of reasons prompted him to make this decision: the potential for inclement weather conditions that make driving hazardous; the heightened level of concern, locally and nationally, about school security; and the high number of student absences that typically occur before a holiday or break.
“The holidays are a high stress time anyway, and the last day of school is usually not a good quality learning day,” he said. “I ask for everyone’s understanding, and wish them a safe, happy holiday.”
The Eugene Register Guard has a story that there may have been threats made about gun violence in Lane County schools. The story may be the result of a wave of alleged threats made against students across the country that have been reported in the media today.
Hysteria, to be sure, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. But as Superintendant Tom Rinearson correctly calculates, it’s easier to use a planned no-school-day than to give someone the opportunity to act out a mindless gag or drama in front of those who managed to show up for school on a day when students are generally not concentrating anyway.