Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of a weather-related or other emergency, Finneytown Local School District officials do their best to make timely decisions regarding school closing, delayed openings, or early dismissals. Our policy states that the superintendent will use a combination of factors to execute a decision based upon the best interest of the students, their families and staff.
The Finneytown Local School District employs a three-part system to determine school closings due to weather: (1) road surface conditions, (2) visibility, and (3) local law enforcement. Additionally, our staff drives the bus routes to check firsthand on local conditions.
Once decisions have been made, it is our goal to clearly communicate any changes in school or office schedules to parents and staff as soon as possible. As soon as the decision is made, we will:
- Notify local radio and television stations
- Update our website’s front page
- Send you an notification through our notification service
If the weather is bad enough to make a decision the day or night before, we will do so in time for the 11 p.m. newscasts. Under ideal conditions, a decision will be made by 5:30 a.m.
Your district calendar has a list of make-up days, which will be used in the order they appear.
Before-school programs will start on a delayed schedule. After-school programs will operate from a regular closing time. Neither program will operate if school is closed.
Finneytown Local School District employees are requested to wait until 10 a.m. after the event before coming to work if school is closed. This allows maintenance and grounds crews to clear the pathways and parking lots.
Athletic, extracurricular and any other events will be cancelled if school is closed or dismissed early.
Parent cooperation is essential for any inclement weather condition. Children need to be dressed for the conditions. It is not uncommon to see students come to school in short skirts, bare legs, sweatshirts or light jackets, no hats, no gloves, or boots. No school closing decision will be universally accepted. Issues of family schedules, day care, and a host of other problems are always created when school closes with little notice to parents. Issues of student safety are paramount and this essentially lies in the parent’s decision making. A parent always reserves the right to keep their child home and this would be treated as an excused absence. Excessive absences will be handled with the school attendance policy.
If you have any questions please contact your respective school office.