YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The first real touch of winter weather descended on the Valley this weekend and the dusting raised the hopes of students that school would be canceled, but it takes more from Mother Nature and other factors to cancel classes.
Amy Radinovic, community engagement supervisor for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, said each school has different criteria that play into closing school.
Because weather conditions are different in each city, school districts count on the media to relay the message of closings and delays, and most districts now also have internal programs to inform parents of changes.
“There is no cookie cutter way they determine what they are doing. Each district works on its own because they have different terrain,” Radinovic said. “A lot of systems have One Call systems for alerts to go out by phone over their cell phones to let parents know as quickly as they make their decision what they are going to be doing.”
One common factor between every school district is making sure students get to school safely.
Monday, 33 News reached out to one local superintendent to see what their school closing procedure looks like.
Tom Yazvack is the new superintendent at Springfield Local Schools. He says that there is no magic number when it comes to school closings. There is not a certain snow accumulation, or temperature threshold that they base closings off of. Each weather event is evaluated situation is evaluated on an individual basis and student safety is the number one goal.
For more in-depth information on Springfield’s school closing procedure tune in to 33 WYTV News at 5.