COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Another round of winter weather means school districts will be faced with answering a big question on the minds of many. Will school be delayed or cancelled Tuesday morning?
“We have to take into account a lot of different factors before determining whether we are going to call off school or hold school,” said South-Western City Schools Executive Communications Director Sandy Nekoloff.
The wind chill factor, snowfall accumulations and road conditions are three critical facts school officials use when making the big decision.
“We have personnel driving the roads at approximately 4 o’clock in the morning,” Nekoloff explains. “This is our bus drivers (and) administrators looking at the different road conditions.”
South-Western City Schools is the second largest school district in central Ohio with more than 20,000 students and 150 buses. Weather conditions are watched over a large geographic area.
“When your district is 119 square miles, it is going to be different on one side of the district to the other side of the district,” Nekoloff said.
As information is compiled, a decision will come. The district usually makes the call between 5:00 and 5:30am, according to Nekoloff. It is a call that’s always made with your student’s well being in mind.
“Student safety is one of our largest concerns,” Nekoloff said. “We want to make sure that our children can get to school safely.”
District officials encourage parents to dress students in layers during the cold winter months. Additionally, home owners are encouraged to clear their sidewalks for students that walk to and from school.