Information About School Closings And Delays
Special Note for Calamity Days during the 2020-2021 School Year
If the district does call a calamity day, it will be effective for BOTH in-person students and the Virtual Learning Program students. The district may also implement a one or two-hour delayed start to the school day. Again, any delayed start to the school day will apply to in-person and VLP students too based upon terms and conditions of employment for our staff.
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.
In lieu of a calamity day, it may also be possible that students will be assigned to home to participate in remote learning. Please listen to and carefully read the information shared to understand school expectations during any inclement weather or calamity event.
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, health-related factors, excessive illness or even a lack of substitutes during this pandemic. 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. 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. Parents are responsible for checking their messages and for listening to the news for special announcements during the school day when weather conditions are severe.
It is absolutely necessary for parents to plan ahead for emergency child care arrangements with a relative or trusted neighbor or friend. In case we should have to dismiss early, make sure your child knows where to go and what to do. It will not be possible to call every parent should school have to dismiss early or suddenly. Please know that we do our best to keep our students and staff safe at all times. When it comes to the decision of whether schools remain open or be closed, there is no perfect decision that everyone can agree upon. We hope this information helps everyone understand the process that we use to make the best possible decision for everyone connected with our schools.
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.