Calamity Day Information and Procedures

What is a Calamity Day?

A calamity day is any day in which a school moved to a virtual learning day 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 (e.g., electricity, heat, water)
  • Other conditions
    • Disease epidemic (such as the coronavirus — for more on the Coronavirus Closure see the separate sections higher on this page)
    • 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.

All calamity days will be moved to virtual learning days for all students.

Where does the district announce Calamity Days and delays?

Phone and email alerts

Pickerington Schools will announce calamity days and delay information through pre-recorded telephone calls to current parents/guardians telephone numbers on file with the district.

The district also sends email messages about any calamity days and delay via this notification system.

It is important to keep student contact information and contact preferences current by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and updating your contact information.

District website and social media

Information about calamity days and delay will be posted on the home page of the district’s website, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.

Television and Radio Stations

Pickerington Schools shares any calamity days and delay information with local television and radio stations. However, we recommend that parents and students confirm any calamity days and delay information received from media outlets on the district’s social media sites or website. 

Each local television station offers a school calamity days and delay text message program that sends closure/delay information directly to your phone.

Pickerington Schools will be noted as moving to a Virtual Learning Day on local television stations

Channel 4/WCMH (NBC)

Channel 6/WSYX (ABC)

Channel 10/WBNS (CBS)

Channel 28/WTTE (Fox)

How does the district make up Calamity Days?

As of the 2020-2021 school year all calamity days have been moved to virtual learning days and will count as a school day. Hence, PLSD students do not need to make up any virtual learning days for calamity days.

Who makes the decision regarding Calamity Days?

The superintendent makes the final decision, based upon various factors and recommendations from the transportation and facilities teams.

Pickerington Schools 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 move school to a virtual learning day or modify the school day for the entire district.

When is the decision made on Calamity Days?

We strive to make the decision to delay or move to a virtual learning day 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 us to make the decision after this time. For that reason, parents and students are advised to 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 move to a virtual learning day, the information will be shared with parents as quickly as possible.

How will students obtain assignments on Calamity Days (an unscheduled virtual learning day)?

Students will be able obtain assignments via SeeSaw (grades K-4) and Google Classroom (grades 5-12) starting at 10:00 AM.  Specifics about the assignments, due dates and logistics will be sent out by the buildings and classroom teachers.