The winds of November came early! As the record cold and snowfall hit during the week of November 14th it reminds us to get ready for even worse conditions in the coming months. Hopefully we can issue some information and reminders that will be of interest to parents and citizens.
Since we live in Northeast Ohio, and it is winter, it must be understood that we must have school at times when there is some of what could be called bad weather. There will be snowy roads and cold temperatures at times. However when it becomes evident that it is not safe to be in session, although education and learning are priorities, it is not wise to run school. There are many factors that can affect the situation. Temperature, snowfall amounts, wind-chill, ability of road crews to treat the roadways, our own staff's ability to clear parking lots and driveways, reasonably definite predictions of imminent stormy weather approaching, are all factors that can influence the situation. There are no "magic numbers" or trigger points that create an automatic shut-down. Each situation and day are unique and the combination of these factors are considered.
Generally a decision to close the schools is made between 5:00 and 6:00 AM. Southeast does not utilize 2 hour delayed starts due to bad weather. In our situation this option is very problematic. So, our schools during questionable weather will either be open or closed all day. Television stations are notified. The most common means of notification to parents is by the district's emergency telephone notification system. We remind parents that if they have changed their telephone number since last year, and have not notified their student's school, they should contact the building secretary to update our records.
We also ask parents to understand that due to weather and road conditions the bus pick up and drop off times can be very inexact.
Please join us in hoping for a warm, mild, snowless winter!
Thomas Inchak, Superintendent