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Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted: 11/12/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

As winter approaches, I want to provide information about the process we use to make decisions regarding closing school for inclement weather. Unfortunately, there is no absolute formula for deciding to close school or stay open. Weather conditions can progress from mild to severe quickly, but we will do our best to inform you of a school closing as soon as we possibly can.

When deciding to close school, we consider the following factors:

Snow and ice
>Are the roads safe to drive?
>Can students walk to school or their bus stops safely?

Temperature and wind chill
Using the National Weather Service wind chill chart as a guide for exposure time:
>Are wind chill temperatures too cold for students to stand at bus stops?
>Are wind chill temperatures too cold for students to walk to school?

Building conditions and parking lots
>Are the building temperatures within normal range?
>What is the condition of our parking lots?
>Are the walkways and entrances safely accessible?

Even though weather forecasting technology has improved greatly over the years, it is not an exact science. Sometimes forecasts are off, and we will do our best to gather all the available information to make a prudent decision. We consider student safety first and foremost, and we will make our decision based on their best interests.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., a team of district leaders begins deciding our ability to conduct school safely. We begin by driving different routes and areas of our district, covering the majority of district roads (including roads with large hills, curves or exposure to drifting.) Our purpose is to determine if it is safe to have buses and student drivers on the road, and if conditions are safe for students who walk to school. Fortunately, we have outstanding service from the City of Gahanna and Jefferson Township road crews, who work through the night to clear and salt roads for morning commutes. Finally, we analyze weather reports and updates from the Gahanna Police to make a decision by 5:30 a.m.

We will use our email messenger system to inform you on days we decide to delay or close school, so please make sure you have turned on “notifications” in your parent portal on Infinite Campus. We will notify the following media outlets: WTVN, WCOL (FM & AM/WJFX), WCLT, WKRZ, WMNI-AM, WUFM, WCMH NBC4, WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC6, WTTE FOX28, and The Columbus Dispatch and we will post the information on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.)

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted: 11/12/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

As winter approaches, I want to provide information about the process we use to make decisions regarding closing school for inclement weather. Unfortunately, there is no absolute formula for deciding to close school or stay open. Weather conditions can progress from mild to severe quickly, but we will do our best to inform you of a school closing as soon as we possibly can.

When deciding to close school, we consider the following factors:

Snow and ice
>Are the roads safe to drive?
>Can students walk to school or their bus stops safely?

Temperature and wind chill
Using the National Weather Service wind chill chart as a guide for exposure time:
>Are wind chill temperatures too cold for students to stand at bus stops?
>Are wind chill temperatures too cold for students to walk to school?

Building conditions and parking lots
>Are the building temperatures within normal range?
>What is the condition of our parking lots?
>Are the walkways and entrances safely accessible?

Even though weather forecasting technology has improved greatly over the years, it is not an exact science. Sometimes forecasts are off, and we will do our best to gather all the available information to make a prudent decision. We consider student safety first and foremost, and we will make our decision based on their best interests.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., a team of district leaders begins deciding our ability to conduct school safely. We begin by driving different routes and areas of our district, covering the majority of district roads (including roads with large hills, curves or exposure to drifting.) Our purpose is to determine if it is safe to have buses and student drivers on the road, and if conditions are safe for students who walk to school. Fortunately, we have outstanding service from the City of Gahanna and Jefferson Township road crews, who work through the night to clear and salt roads for morning commutes. Finally, we analyze weather reports and updates from the Gahanna Police to make a decision by 5:30 a.m.

We will use our email messenger system to inform you on days we decide to delay or close school, so please make sure you have turned on “notifications” in your parent portal on Infinite Campus. We will notify the following media outlets: WTVN, WCOL (FM & AM/WJFX), WCLT, WKRZ, WMNI-AM, WUFM, WCMH NBC4, WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC6, WTTE FOX28, and The Columbus Dispatch and we will post the information on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.)

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

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