Snow day: What all goes in to school closings?

The process usually starts around 4:30 or 5 a.m.

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – ODOT had up to 45 crews out between Mahoning and Trumbull Counties as the snow continued to fall Sunday night.

But they’re not the only ones keeping an eye on the storm.

Across the Valley, school districts have specific winter weather procedures set in place to make sure the safety of all students is top priority.

“It’s not always the roads,” said Matt Bowen, Campbell’s superintendent. “Sometimes it’s the extreme temperatures, but we’re always keeping the kids in mind and their safety is always number one.”

To ensure that every student and staff member can arrive at school safely, there are weather circumstances that allow them to delay, cancel or decide to continue school as normal.

“There’s consideration of what other school districts decide to do,” said Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca. “As much as everybody doesn’t believe or believe it, we do talk among different school districts about what it looks like in their community.”

“Because maybe sometimes what’s going on in the Austintown or Canfield area, it might be very different when you’re talking about Poland or Campbell,” Bowen said.

The district superintendent ultimately makes that call, hours before school is set to begin.

“The process really starts around 4:30-5 in the morning,” Colaluca said. “The supervisor of transportation is out driving the roads. I’m out driving the roads, our maintenance crew is out talking to the maintenance supervisor about what the roads are really like.”

But cancelling school does more than just create a scheduling problem for administrators and parents, it’s the children who lose out the most.

“Because, we don’t want to make a decision to keep our kids out of school when, lo and behold, they could be in class,” Bowen said.