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Inclement weather procedures

Dec 07, 2010
Inclement weather procedures
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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

(For information on current school closings due to weather conditions, visit http://www.akronnewsnow.com/school_full.asp.)

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Lori Thrasher | Posted Dec 08, 2010 02:53 PM
I appreciate your consideration of student safety when making your decision. As the parent of a Hyre Middle School student, I find it frustrating when the sidewalks are not cleared along the main routes that students walk, such as Canton Road and Wedgewood. Last year students were forced to walk in the streets because of the depth of snow and lack of clear sidewalks. That is a great safety issue during those high traffic times.

Molly B. | Posted Dec 13, 2010 05:41 AM
Why is it announced as Akron City Schools and not Akron Public Schools when it is closed?

Monica Guinn | Posted Dec 13, 2010 10:46 AM
I would have to agree with Lori. I am blessed to be able to take my kids to and from school everyday, however during that process I see very small kids walking in the middle of the street because the sidewalks have snow up to their knees and higher. This is a very dangerous situation and it saddens me that there is nothing I can do to help these kids. I believe because we live in Ohio we need to find some better arrangements for times like this because the snow is a guarantee; we have to find a way to make this work.

Worried Student | Posted Dec 15, 2010 11:52 AM
I am a student at one of the Akron City Schools and everyday I have to walk in the snow. I am not very tall, i'm barley 3"5" and it makes me furious that I have to struggle to get to school on time. My youngest brother is only 8 and he needs help always to walk to school. About 3 years ago my other brother was hit by a car on the way to school because he was forced to walk in the streets. And just last year a girl was nearly killed when a truck had hit her leaving her unable to walk again.I am pleading you to figure out a way to clean the sidewalks if you really care for the students' safety. Thank You

yamoma | Posted Feb 02, 2011 07:05 PM

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