Dear Canfield Families,
The NE Ohio heat wave has come to an end. As we have now started to experience colder temperatures, I thought it an opportune time to overview for you the procedures we have in place to address inclement weather as it pertains to school delays and closings. The safety of our students and staff safety will always be my primary concern. However, we respect and value the amount of time our children spend in the classroom and we are not able to get the precious instructional time back when school is delayed or canceled. Therefore, school will at times be in session on days when the roads may be snow covered and the temperature is cold.
Several important factors are taken into consideration when the cancellation of school (or delaying the start of a school day) is in question. The decision is based on careful analysis of all relevant factors including:
- road conditions throughout the district
- the amount of snow and/or ice
- the weather forecast including temperature and wind chill factors
- the safety of students who require transportation
- the safety of students who walk to school
- the ability of staffs to sufficiently clear sidewalks and parking lots
We make every effort NOT to delay or close school if cold is the only factor in consideration, outside of truly extreme instances. On days that it is cold, please make sure to dress your youngster appropriately.
We will make every effort to announce a decision before 6:00 a.m. on the day of school and at times the prior evening. On rare occasions, I may be forced to delay or cancel school after 6:00 a.m. or change a delay to a cancellation. Therefore, please continue to check our communication sources on days when there is a question about road conditions or extreme cold. Please watch our website, our Twitter, and the local media. We will also make a call home.
Please know that whether or not school is open, you as a parent are the one who will finally decide whether or not your child should go to school. If you feel that your child’s journey to school is not safe, please feel comfortable in exercising your choice to allow your child to stay home.
I hope as the weather outside begins to get colder that you and your children continue to have a warm and positive school year experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
John Tullio, Interim Superintendent