If school is canceled because of bad weather, the district will notify parents and staff by robo-message (voice call, text, email), social media, and television. The official announcement will be on the district’s website, area TV stations and radio stations.
The State of Ohio tracks hours in school instead of days in school when giving credit for a canceled day. School can be closed because of bad weather, but because LCS scholars attend school more than the minimum number of hours, we should not have to make up snow days at the end of the school year.
The decision to close school is not made lightly. However, there are times when safety concerns for our scholars make this necessary. Factors that are considered include information about whether or not school parking lots and sidewalks are clear and safe for both driving and walking, whether or not main roads and side streets are safe for students to walk to the bus stop or school, and whether or not the Transportation Department believes school buses can safely transport scholars to and from school.
In addition we consult with the safety forces in the city of Lorain to see if they believe that travel is safe. We also check the forecast for the hours immediately before, during and after school. The district leaders in the area consult each other to see if they have decided to cancel classes or remain open.
When school is canceled any afterschool activities are also canceled for that day.
Sometimes parents may disagree with the decision to not close school. If that is the case, parents decide whether or not to send their children to school.