Bucyrus City Schools would
like to share the process used to determine school delays and closures.
First, allow us to say that those who make the decisions are all parents
of children in our school system; it is a quintessentially painstaking
decision. Second, allow us to say that we are in direct communication
with the decision makers of all neighboring and county school districts
beginning between 5:00 and 5:15 a.m.
While most of the
school districts in Crawford County are widespread and rural, Galion and
to a greater degree, Bucyrus are small districts (square mileage) and
have fewer complications with blowing and drifting snow. One factor
that requires greater consideration in Bucyrus is the fact that our
transportation system is limited to students who live beyond two miles
of their school and those who are disabled.
to the issues above, a decision to delay must be made by 6:00 a.m. and a
decision to close must be made by 8:00 a.m. if we have previously
decided to delay. Factors contributing to this decision include snow
depth, road conditions, sidewalk conditions, and the wind chill factor.
To examine road
conditions, we drive the routes that include the north, south, east, and
west sides of the city. We usually take at least two laps on these
routes to ascertain how quickly the conditions are changing. With
regard to the wind chill, please reference the chart below. You will
notice that there is little danger of frostbite until the wind chill
drops to 20 degrees below zero, we do not allow students to be at risk
for frostbite. Instead, we generally delay or cancel if the wind chill
factor falls lower than 10 degrees below zero for several minutes. The
key to limiting exposure is to dress your students properly. That
means: a winter coat, hat, gloves, and sometimes a scarf. Please dress
your students properly and we will continue to be very deliberate in our
decision to delay or close school all the while keeping our students at
the heart of our decision.
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