Monday, October 20, 2014
90 East Street, Pickerington Ohio 43147 (614) 833-2110
Closings and Delays

 

The Pickerington Local School District (PLSD) reserves the right to close or delay the start times of schools based on inclement weather. 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.


TWO-HOUR DELAYED START

When school is delayed Districtwide due to inclement weather, students will report to school two hours later. The junior highs and high schools will utilize shortened periods, while 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.

 

CALAMITY DAYS

For the 2013-2014 school year, PLSD has five calamity days. A calamity day is a 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. (We must give 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 and heat);
Disease epidemic;
Inoperability of school buses or equipment necessary to the school’s operation;
Damage to a school building; or
• Temporary utility failure rendering the building unsuitable for school use.


WHO MAKES THE DECISION?

The superintendent makes the final decision, based upon the factors and recommendations from the Transportation and Buildings & Grounds Departments. We have a 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. Keep in mind that unusual weather conditions may force us 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.

 


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
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 and on twitter.com/plsd. The District website has a wealth of information, please check the site often for updates.

District Email Notices
The District will also send an email and text message about any delays or closures via the District’s listserv system. Parents may sign-up for the listserv through the District’s Web site at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us and selecting the “Join our Mailing List” tab.


District Text Messages to Cell Phones
This service is similar to the listserv service except these messages are only 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 station offers a school closing/delays text message program that sends closure/delay information directly to your phone. Simply logon at the following email addresses:
 

WHAT HAPPENS IF ALL OF THE CALAMITY DAYS ARE USED?

Each school year, the first five calamity days are excused and need not be made up. Ohio school districts and nonpublic schools must make up calamity days beyond the fifth day. The District has established the following make-up days if needed: February 17, June 2, June 3, June 4, and June 5. School days shortened by two-hour delays due to hazardous weather conditions do not count as calamity days, and the missed time need not be made up.


 

Additional Info