Preschool Calendar and School Closings

Download the Preschool calendar for the current school year. View detailed information regarding calamity days. The information found on this page will help you to plan ahead and be prepared.

Closings and Delays

Occasionally, Pickerington Schools may determine it is appropriate to close or delay school start times based on inclement weather or other reasons.  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.

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 (e.g., electricity, heat, water)
Other conditions
  • 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 Does the District Make Up Calamity Days?

The following plan has been approved by the Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year.

If the district takes any calamity days before Feb. 20, 2017, (Presidents Day) we will use that day as a make-up day, regardless of whether the district has reached the five-day limit of excusable days.

If the district takes any calamity days before April 17, 2017, we will use that day as a make-up day.

Days 3-5 will be identifies as “blizzard bag” days. Teachers will provide these work-at-home lessons for students to complete when not in class.

Days 6-10: Students are excused from attendance.

Where Does the District Announce Closings and Delays?

Phone and email alerts

Pickerington Schools will announce emergency closing 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 delays or closures via this notification system.

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

District website and social media

Information about school closures or delays 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 school delay or closure information with local television and radio stations.

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

Channel 4

Channel 6

Channel 10

Who Makes the Decision?

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 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 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 close school, the information will be shared with parents as quickly as possible.