Severe Weather Action Plan

UPDATE FOR REMOTE + IN-PERSON LEARNING (Effective December 2020)

Updated: February 17, 2021

We all know that Ohio weather can be unpredictable! Take a moment to review the information below to prepare for weather events, as well as power and/or internet outages during the school day when learning online.

WHAT ABOUT SNOW DAYS?

Because students can learn from home with the tools put into place for the school year, we will not always have traditional "snow days" as we have had in the past. However, other activities may be curtailed.

As communicated in the December 18 and January 4 E-News from the Superintendent, please note that when students are learning in person (Plan A), the district will EITHER shift to remote learning OR schedule a Calamity Day (traditional snow day), depending on the circumstances of the day. Two-Hour Delays are also an option, based on the weather and road conditions.


If a delay is not sufficient, there are essentially two options for the district:

Remote Learning Day - Students shift to the remote learning model; teachers may or may not be in the building, based on weather/assessment of safety.

Calamity Day - A "traditional" closed day with no school/classes. This type of closure may be called at the discretion of the Superintendent, based on circumstances. 


REMOTE LEARNING DAYS DUE TO WEATHER & OTHER EVENTS
 

For these Remote Learning Days, students will automatically shift to the remote learning model. Due to the inherently short notice, the structure of these "emergency" remote learning days will vary from planned (extended) remote work day schedules:

For PreK-5 — (Effective February 16, 2021) During winter months, elementary students will be sent home with Chromebooks each day as a precaution. Learning activities will be assigned through SeeSaw or Google Classroom, with any class meeting times or help sessions set by each teacher, as appropriate for the grade level. 

For 6-12 —  WMS and XHS students should always have their Chromebooks with them, especially when the forecast is questionable. Teachers and/or building administrators may remind students to take devices and power cords home in particular on these days.

BELL SCHEDULES FOR WMS AND XHS

Warner Middle School - Bell Schedule for Remote Learning:

  • 7:30am - 9:15am Students can work on prior assignments, make-up quizzes/tests, or spend time on projects that are due in the future. Teachers may use this time to support individuals or small groups in a specific content area. The teacher will set this up with students through email or phone calls. 
  • Teachers will host live Zoom/Meets at the following times:
  • 9:30am - 1st period
  • 10:10am - 2nd period
  • 10:50am - 3rd period
  • 11:30am - 4th period
  • 12:10 - 12:50 Lunch Time for students and staff
  • 12:50pm - 5th period
  • 1:30pm - 6th period
Xenia High School - Teachers will post assignments by 9:30 a.m. Teachers will make themselves available to meet with students, following the bell schedule for a normal 2-hour delay.

DOWNLOAD the complete "Weather Events & Outages" information page for 2020-2021. Note that this document includes additional direction for students or teachers who lose internet access or power during remote learning.


EMERGENCY LEVELS
 

If Greene County is at a level 2 or 3 emergency, OR it is otherwise determined that it is unsafe to travel, staff are not required to come into the building. At that time, teachers can deliver instruction remotely; students should be aware that teachers may need to adjust their planned instruction for the day, based on available resources or other logistical constraints. 

MAKING THE CALL  
 
Student and staff safety is the most important consideration when inclement weather calls are made!

There are many different factors that go into making the call for a delay or closing. Very early in the morning, a team of administrators investigates and monitors the weather, temperature, wind chill, and road conditions. These observations begin as early 4:00 a.m. The team drives the roads in our district, stays in contact with neighboring districts, and researches information from the National Weather Service. First Student, the company managing our bus fleet, is also a vital part of that decision.

By 5:30 a.m., the Superintendent makes a decision about school delays or cancellations and the decision is communicated district-wide.

Want to know more? Have questions about the delay/closing process?
Visit the FAQs – Delays & Closings page.

Looking for the bell schedule for delay days?Visit your individual school page.


Other severe weather action plans: