New Albany-Plain Local Schools
Information About School Closings And Delays
Calamity Days may be called for a number of reasons. Most often, it is due to hazardous road conditions due to inclement weather. However, non-weather events may also be a reason for the district to schedule a calamity day. Some examples include: a water main break, power outage, or health-related factors. A calamity day may be district-wide or school building specific, depending on the reason.
The decision to close schools is made by the Superintendent. The district will send automated calls, emails and text messages to parents/guardians to alert families of school closings, delays or other emergency situations based upon your communication preferences registered in PowerSchool. In addition, the district will post an alert on our website and send a push notification through our mobile APP. TV stations will also carry announcements about school closing beginning in the early morning, or during the school day should an emergency arise once classes have commenced.
A full-day calamity day will cancel AM and PM Eagle’s Nest. A delayed start to the school day will cancel AM Eagle’s Nest, AM Kindergarten and AM Preschool classes. All-day Preschool and all-day Kindergarten students will be delayed by the time period announced, like all other students in Grades 1-12.
Please plan ahead and make an emergency/calamity event childcare plan with other family members and neighbors as necessary to support your child(ren).
In 2014, the State of Ohio changed its calamity day policy, requiring schools to be in session for a set number of hours, instead of a set number of days. Historically, the state permitted public school districts to use up to five excused calamity days per year to account for closings due to inclement weather, utility service disruption, or other emergency issues that might compromise the safety of students or staff. Despite the change in state law, the district, in agreement with its associations on the importance of student instructional time, will continue the policy of making up any school days over five that are canceled due to inclement weather or emergencies.