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 the 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 TV stations:
STATIONS THAT ANNOUNCE DPS CLOSINGS
- WDTN Channel 2
- WHIO Channel 7
- WKEF Channel 22, FOX TV Channel 45
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding when school cancellations occur.
The DPS weather team closely monitors local forecasts. 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 of operations and administrators from the transportation and grounds departments.
If a decision is made to close schools, the announcement will be made to all staff and parents through an automated phone call. The announcement will also be posted on social media, the website, and TV stations.