What is a calamity day?

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Pickerington Schools refers to a school cancellation as a calamity day. During a calamity day, classes across the district or in a specific school(s) may be delayed or cancelled for the 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)
  • Staff shortage/illness in a specific building(s) or districtwide 
  • Transportation staff shortage: Transportation modifications will be announced along with the other details of each closure/delay.
  • Other conditions
    • 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.