Secondary Campus News

Weather Conditions.......

Posted on: December 7, 2015 1:00 pm

Dec. 4, 2015

 

Dear Families,

As we enter the season of changeable and sometimes extreme weather conditions, I’d like to share information on how the Finneytown Local School District makes decisions regarding school delays and closures.

Student and staff safety is our guiding principle. We also keep in mind the everyday realities our families and staff members face – having to arrange for child care in the event of a school cancellation, having to juggle work demands with a school delay, and concerns over children walking to school or waiting at bus stops in frigid temperatures.

To make informed decisions, we consult a variety of sources for weather and road conditions and also rely on our staff to help us evaluate quickly changing situations. The Springfield Township road maintenance department is responsible for clearing the roads and provides us with continual first-hand information. We monitor weather reports and road snow-emergency advisories from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Transportation Director Mark Jung and I are out on the roads in the very early morning hours to check conditions firsthand. By 5 a.m., maintenance staff are arriving to shovel and salt sidewalks and parking lots, and bus drivers are making sure our buses start. The goal is to make and communicate a decision on delays or closings no later than 5:30 a.m. At times, weather conditions may be so unfavorable that we announce a delay the evening before.

If there is a cancellation or delay, you can expect to receive a timely automated phone call (provided the district has current and correct phone numbers), to find the information promptly on the district web site and to see it on local television newscasts.

Predicting inclement weather is an imprecise science, but be assured that student and staff safety is our top priority, that we have plans in place to respond to threatening weather and that we will communicate in the most prompt and responsive manner possible.

Sincerely,

 

Tyrone Olverson, Superintendent