School Cancellations

School Cancellation Procedures
 
 
For your information, this is the process used when considering closing as there is not a policy or specific guidelines:

= Monitor weather reports and information.

= Beginning about 4:30 a.m., the superintendent will contact the transportation supervisor/coordinator and our snow plowing service to check on road conditions in the event of snow.

= The superintendent will also communicate with area superintendents beginning at about 4:30 a.m. to monitor the conditions in their districts and to discuss to possibility of cancelling school. This communication is on-going throughout the morning.

= Typically, a final decision to cancel school or not is made by about 5:30 a.m.

= If there is a decision to cancel school, the superintendent will begin the process of informing the community and staff. The local television and radio stations are informed and our Phone Messenger notification is sent to the staff and parent/guardian phone numbers on file in our database.

The decision to cancel school is sometimes a difficult one for several reasons:

= Weather conditions are variable in different parts of the district because of our geographic size, and our roads are plowed and salted by road departments in different communities (i.e., North Canton City, Plain Township, and Lake Township).

= The condition of the roads will factor into the decision. If the roads are clear, schools will be open. The condition of the roads is often predicated on when the storm hits and its level of intensity at certain times. For example, a storm that hits at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. is a much greater challenge for road crews than one that hits the evening before at 11:00 p.m. or midnight.

= The temperature and wind chill will factor into the decision. If the temperature is too severe, then a decision to cancel school without a great deal of snow may be made.

In addition, weather conditions will be monitored closely throughout the morning. If the severe weather is ending in a reasonable enough time for the roads to be cleared, school may not be cancelled. If the weather is supposed to become more severe throughout the day, school may be cancelled, even if the snow is limited during that early morning time. Of course, there are many other factors that go into this decision, thereby making it a challenging one. Cancelling school or staying open is sometimes a “no win” decision, but the final decision is made based on the best interest and safety of our students.
 
Parents – if school has not been cancelled due to inclement weather, you can choose to keep your child home if you feel it is best. Please call them off to the respective building secretary, as usual, and it will be recorded as an “excused absence.”

 

NORTH CANTON CITY SCHOOLS DELAY SCHEDULE

The North Canton City Schools, on some inclement weather days, will be implementing a delay schedule for Hoover H.S. and North Canton Middle School with elementary and intermediate buildings operating on their regular schedules.

Rationale:

We could see improved weather and road conditions by 8:00-9:00 a.m. on some threatening weather days and feel that we can save an instructional day by using this schedule.  A delayed start will also help eliminate the need for possible additional make-up days in June.

There is more daylight as our students travel to school on foot, in cars or by school bus.  The improved visibility may help eliminate some potential driving and walking hazards.

This schedule will allow local road crews more time to service the roads before school begins.

The elementary students, their families and their schedules are least impacted, which may help family planning for such a morning.  The older students are more able to handle a schedule change. 

Procedures:

All staff (classified and certified), except for bus drivers, bus monitors, and possibly some cafeteria staff will report safely (as weather conditions permit) to work on their regular schedules.

Bus drivers and bus monitors will report to work in time to run their regularly scheduled elementary routes.  H.S. and M.S. routes will begin immediately after completion of the elementary routes.  Cafeteria staff will work on a delayed schedule as arranged by the food service director.

Parochial, Montessori and students from out-of-district schools will continue to be transported by their present buses but will be picked up and dropped off at their respective schools on the delay schedule.

Take home times will remain the same for all students.

Schedules:

School

Student A.M.
Pick-up Times

Student School Start Time

Student Dismissal

Time

Hoover H.S.

2.5 hours later than normal

10:05

Normal Schedule

N.C. Middle*

2.5 hours later than normal

10:13

Normal Schedule

ECC

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Clearmount

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Orchard Hill

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Northwood

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Greentown

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

Normal Schedule

*Jumpstart Classes: Middle School students taking classes at Hoover HS will be bused as they normally are at the end of the day.

Compact and Career Tech Schedules:

Students attending Hoover from other districts will not report for all classes ending at 11:15 a.m. or earlier.

Students attending classes that normally begin at 11:15 a.m. or later will be required to attend.

Media Outlets that will be used on the delay schedule days:

=        WHBC AM/FM

=        Channel 11

=        School Messenger Notification System

=        NCCS Website

=        Canton Repository: cantonrep.com

All day school closings will continue to be communicated in the same manner as the past.

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