SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURES
The decision to close school due to inclement weather is a very difficult and serious undertaking. When deciding whether to close schools, factors that are taken into consideration include:
- Amount and type of precipitation;
- Weather forecasts (start and stop times);
- Ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks around schools;
- Street (highway, thoroughfare and residential), and bus stop conditions;
- Freezing rain and the effect on roads, power lines and tree limbs;
- Wind and wind chill; and,
Members of the DPS weather team closely monitor local forecasts at first announcement of a storm front. At all times the safety of students and staff is the basis for determining the cancellation of school.
The condition of all roads is also considered. There will be times when the regular buses cannot travel on all roads because of large accumulations of snow, or because of certain drifting patterns in some areas of the district. Main roads, over time, may be cleared after a morning snowfall, but our residential streets often remain hazardous beyond those early hours when buses deliver our children to school.
In most situations, the decision to close or delay schools will be made by 5:30 a.m. When schools are closed for the day, all extra-curricular activities and field trips are canceled. Decisions concerning athletic events will be made with input from the district athletic director. Notification of school delays and closings because of inclement weather will be communicated through an automated phone call to parents or guardians, posted to the Dayton Public Schools Facebook page, and shared on Twitter, Instagram and the DPS website, as well as sent to the following radio and TV stations:
STATIONS THAT ANNOUNCE DPS CLOSINGS
- AM RADIO
- WHIO 1290
- WDAO 1210
- WING 1410
- FM RADIO
- WDPS 89.5
- WRNB 92.1
- WDKF 94.5
- WLQT 99.9
- WROU 92.5
- WMMX 107.7
- WTUE 104.7
- WYSO 91.3
- WGTZ 92.9
- WDHT 102.9
- WMUB 88.5
- TELEVISION STATIONS
- DPS TV Channel 21 or 5.105 (Time Warner Cable subscribers)
- WDTN Channel 2
- WHIO Channel 7
- WBDT/CW Channel 13 (Time Warner)
- WKEF Channel 22, FOX TV Channel 45
We ask that you do not call the school or the media concerning cancellations. Please listen to the above stations or check our website for information about school closings. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these procedures, please contact the Office of Safety and Security, 542-7000.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding when school cancellations occur.
The DPS weather team closely monitors local forecasts, and consults with local meteorologists. In predawn hours, members are driving on sections of city streets, in residential areas where our buses must travel to get to our students. Those road conditions are assessed by the chief operating officer, and administrators from our transportation and grounds departments.
By 4:30 a.m., the strategic communication director is notified of the decision or asked to stand by. If a decision is made to close schools, the strategic communication director contacts local news media, the DPS switchboard operator, and our DPS-TV station to make the announcement public. The chief operating officer and members of the weather team begin a phone tree to contact principals and central office administrators.