Friday, December 19, 2014
90 East Street, Pickerington Ohio 43147 (614) 833-2110
Closings and Delays

Two-hour delays | Calamity days | Notifying the community | Making up days | Who makes the decision?

Occasionally, Pickerington Local School District (PLSD) may determine it is appropriate and prudent ro close or delay the start times of schools based on inclement weather.

These decisions are made for the safety of our students. We understand that these decisions have a big effect on families as they plan their day, and now is an excellent time to establish your family emergency plan for such potential closings.


TWO-HOUR DELAYED START

When school is delayed districtwide due to inclement weather, students will report to school two hours later. Our junior high schools and high schools will follow shortened periods. The elementary and middle schools will run a normal schedule from the time of arrival.
 


Building
Level

Regular
Start Time

Regular
Dismissal

2 hr. Delay
Start Time

2 hr. Delay
Dismissal
High School
7:20 a.m.
1:55 p.m.
9:20 a.m.
1:55 p.m.
Jr. High
8:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m.
Middle School
8:40 a.m.
3:05 p.m.
10:40 a.m.
3:05 p.m.
Elementary (Gr.1-4)
9:15 a.m.
3:40 p.m.
11:15 a.m.
3:40 p.m.
A.M. Kindergarten
9:15 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
11:15 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
P.M. Kindergarten
1:00 p.m.
3:40 p.m.
1:55 p.m.
3:40 p.m.

A.M. Preschool

8:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

10 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

P.M. Preschool

11:45 a.m.

2:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

 

CALAMITY DAYS

A calamity day is any day in which a school cancels instruction for any of the following reasons:

Hazardous weather conditions:
> Information on road conditions from transportation staff, law enforcement and road crews. The district gives careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. They can be treacherous, even if your street looks clear.
> Accumulated snow and ice.
> Temperature and wind chill.
> Impact on transportation services. School bus diesel fuel begins to gel at temperatures of zero degrees or below.
> Weather predictions (including those from a weather alert service).
> Building conditions, such as whether there is electricity, heat and water.
Disease epidemic
Inoperability of school buses or equipment necessary to the school’s operation
Damage to a school building
• Temporary utility failure rendering the building unsuitable for school use

 

HOW WILL THE DISTRICT MAKE UP CALAMITY DAYS?

If the district takes any calamity days before Feb. 16 (Presidents Day), we will use Feb. 16 as a "make-up day." This will happen regardless of whether the district has reached the five-day limit of excusable days.
 
If the district takes more than six total calamity days or if the district takes more than five calamity days after Feb. 16, those additional days will be made up on May 26, 27, 28 and 29.


CANCELLATION AND DELAY NOTIFICATION OPTIONS

One Call Now
Emergency closing and delay information will be broadcast through pre-recorded telephone calls to your current parent/guardian telephone numbers on file with the district. It is important to keep your student's contact information current by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and updating your contact information. 

District Website/Twitter/Facebook
Information related to any school closure or delay will be posted on the home page of the District’s website at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us, on our Facebook page, and on twitter.com/plsd.

District Email and Tex Message Notices
The District will also send an email and text message about any delays or closures via the District’s notification system. Parents may sign-up for the notifications through the the district website.

 
Text messages will only be delivered for emergency alerts, school closing notices, and delay announcements for cell phones. These brief messages are a total of 160 characters in length. Please note delivery times of text messages vary by cell phone provider. Emails sent to cell phones are billed to the subscriber as a text message.

Television and Radio Notification
The District will also share any school delay or closure information with local television and radio stations including:
• WCMH TV Channel 4
• WSYX TV Channel 6
• WBNS TV Channel 10
• WOSU TV Channel 34
• WCOL Radio 92.3 FM
• WZAZ Radio 105.6 FM
• WNCI Radio 97.9 FM
• WLVQ Radio QFM 96
• WHOK Radio K95.5 FM
• WSNY Radio 94.7 FM
• WBNS 97 Radio 97.1 FM
• WBZS Radio 99.7 FM
• WBNS Radio 1460 AM
• WTVN Radio 610 AM
• WF11 Radio 1230 AM
• WMNI Radio 920 AM
 
Each of the local television stations offers a school closing/delays text message program that sends closure/delay information directly to your phone. Simply logon at the following email addresses:
 
 

WHO MAKES THE DECISION?

The superintendent makes the final decision, based upon the factors and recommendations from the transportation and buildings & grounds departments. PLSD is a large and geographically diverse district. Weather and road conditions may be fine in one portion of the district, but not in another. In such instances, we must close school or modify the school day for the entire district.


WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?

We strive to make the decision to delay or close by 5:30 a.m. or earlier so we can notify radio and TV stations, post to the district website and send electronic notices to emergency announcement subscribers. Unusual weather conditions may force the district to make the decision after this time. Stay tuned to major television and radio stations, as well as our website and e-communications notices, for updates.

Once a decision is made to delay or close school, the information will be shared with parents as quickly as possible.

Additional Info