District Process on Calamity Day Decisions

With winter upon us and some of the coldest, and possibly snowiest months ahead, we want to share our thoughts on how we process calamity day decisions for both the cold and the snow.

 

To close because of the cold, the temperature typically has to reach -15 with the wind chill during times students are traveling to and from school. We start considering the decision at -10 with the wind chill, but -15 is the target number. In addition, a temperature of zero degrees before wind chill being factored in is also a number we look at as we make that decision. Of course, sometimes there are additional factors that go into that decision, but those are our general guidelines. 

 

To close because of snow, the decision is more complicated. We have to determine if our school parking lots and walkways are clear. We have to see if the main roads and side roads are safely passable by school bus and car. We also have to look at the volume of snow on the ground, the building conditions, and what else is forecasted to arrive. Of course, cold temperatures and ice are also factors.

 

We try to make these decisions as early as possible to help parents (the night before is ideal), but the latest we would decide to make that call would be 6:00 a.m.  

 

The district communicates school closures through our automated calling system.  We also send text messages, email notifications, and publish information to all of our social media channels: Facebook (EastCleveSchools), Twitter (@EastCleSchools), Instagram (@EastCleSchools), and the East Cleveland City Schools app.  We also place a banner on the district website, and local news stations are notified.

 

As of now, we do not plan to make calamity days remote learning days. We feel that pivoting an in-person lesson to an online lesson takes planning. In addition, not everyone has the access needed to engage in a remote learning day.

 

Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to go to school on days with inclement weather, use your best judgment as to whether or not your child should attend. Student attendance may be excused depending on the circumstances.