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Inclement Weather Procedures

Calling a snow day is always a difficult decision, and we do not make these decisions lightly. As superintendent of our school district, my decision to close school is always based on the safety of our students and staff. Although there are no hard and fast rules when deciding to close school due to inclement weather, the following conditions are considered:

  • the amount of snow on the ground
  • the projected amount of snow to fall
  • weather forecast for the school day
  • road conditions
  • temperature
  • wind chill
  • ability of the City of Akron to plow and salt the streets
  • conditions of school parking lots and sidewalks. 

When hazardous weather arrives in our community, the most important issue is the safety of our students and employees. As parents, you have the right to keep your students home if you feel it is not safe. In addition, if APS decides to stay open during difficult weather conditions, students will not be marked tardy until after 10 a.m.

If we do close school, my goal will be to make a decision by 5:30 or 6 a.m. When the decision is made, we will send automatic phone messages that reach all of our families and staff members; and we will contact all local radio, TV and newspapers.

Please understand that we make difficult decisions about snow days with thoughtful, well-researched and conscientious practices and procedures.


David W. James
Akron Public Schools

(Information on current school closings due to weather conditions will appear as a "News Alert" item on the main page of the akronschools.com website.You may also check the school closings list on Akron News Now.)

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