Dear Olentangy families,
I hope you are staying warm - It’s getting cold out there and we
saw some snowflakes yesterday! As we approach winter and potential inclement
weather, now is a good time to remind you of our calamity day procedures.
The decision to delay or close school is based on a wide variety
of factors. Beginning at around 4 a.m., a team of school district employees
assess the road conditions by driving in assigned areas throughout the
district. After evaluation of the weather conditions and road safety, staff
members report their assessment to me along with reports from other area
schools and law enforcement. I combine my own experience driving on the roads
with their reports and shoot to make a decision to delay or close school for
the day between 5:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
As soon as a decision is made, the district will use a variety of
communication methods to inform students, parents and staff members as quickly
as possible. A phone call will be made using our calling system, and the
district will notify local radio and television stations. In addition, the
information will appear on the district’s website, social media channels and
via our district e-news emails. For the fastest weather delay or cancellation
notification, follow me on Twitter @SuperOLSD
The safety of our students is our top priority when determining
whether school is delayed or canceled. In addition, traction for our buses and
for motorists driving in the vicinity of our buses is a factor. Visibility and
wind chill factors are also a consideration. Olentangy Local Schools covers 95
square miles of diverse terrain. Often times, inclement weather conditions that
appear in one portion of the district may not be as severe in another but may
warrant a delay or closing for overall safety reasons.
So, bundle up and stay tuned for potential inclement weather and
next steps as we prepare for another winter season! You can find more
information about our cancellation and delay procedures as well as frequently
asked questions here.
Have a great weekend!
Proud to serve as your Superintendent,
Mark T. Raiff
Superintendent, Olentangy Local Schools