Winter is here so we want to remind you of our procedures for school closing or delayed start in the event of dangerous conditions. The decision to call off school due to inclement weather begins at approximately 3:30 AM and includes analysis of the following information:
Weather and radar reports
Input from local law enforcement and road crews
Input from district maintenance and snow removal staff
When necessary, school personnel drive the roads to determine the condition
Input and discussions with superintendents from neighboring districts
When all of this information is gathered, the Superintendent, Business Manager, and Transportation Supervisors jointly make the decision to close the schools or keep them open for students. Our objective is to make this decision no later than 5:45 AM as school buses are beginning to depart for their morning runs at that time. However, it may be necessary where the decision has to be made after that time. Weather conditions can change abruptly, for better or for worse, but our intent is to determine that it is safe for students and staff to attend school.
The district uses a delayed start rather than canceling school should weather conditions allow for this option. In order to ensure greater safety during a delayed start, the opening of schools will be delayed two hours. The following is information concerning how the delayed opening will be implemented and a school-specific schedule:
Once the decision has been made to close schools or delay the opening, the Superintendent will activate our Blackboard Communication System and update via Twitter @chardonsupt and @chardonschools, our district web site and local television stations. It is strongly suggested that parents subscribe to the text/email notification systems now offered by the major Cleveland television stations in order to receive school closing information as soon as it is entered into the system.
All parents will receive an automated phone call indicating that school has either been cancelled or will open using a delayed start of two hours.
Under a delayed start, all buses will arrive at their morning stop locations exactly two hours later than normal schedule within the constraints of weather and road conditions. Students (including non-public school students that receive transportation through Chardon Schools) should plan to arrive at their assigned stops approximately 10 minutes prior to that time.
Under a delayed start, all schools will open for operations exactly two hours later than their normal schedule. Students that walk to school, drive, or receive rides to school should plan on arriving two hours later unless directed otherwise for special programs.
Under a delayed start, all schools will offer a lunch program with options that meet school nutrition standards.
Under a delayed start, all schools will dismiss at the usual time.
Under a delayed start, there will be no transportation to/from Auburn Career Center for AM classes. These students should plan to arrive at CHS for their afternoon classes following the modified schedule for that day. The bus for PM Auburn Career Center Classes will depart CHS at 11:00 AM.
Under a delayed start, Lake Academy and Geauga Academy transportation will depart at 9:40 AM.
Under a delayed start, morning Latchkey Programs will be cancelled for that day.
Again, safety is our highest priority and we strive to make the best possible decision with the information available at the time. Parents can always choose to keep their children home if they truly feel there is a weather-related safety risk. These absences will be recorded as excused, with make-up work provided to the student, if the Superintendent designates the day as a Severe Weather Day in the school district.
Please do not hesitate to contact the district if you require additional information in this regard.
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