Most schools cancel classes early

Extreme weather conditions are keeping many local schools closed for a second day today.

Director of Operations for Tiffin City Schools Scott Daniel and other district school officials met Monday to discuss weather conditions for the rest of the week.

Daniel said due to weather conditions, Tiffin City Schools District is canceling classes today, and the teacher work day that was scheduled for Monday is rescheduled for Wednesday.

“Students are to report for classes Thursday,” Daniel said. “With the forecast, the conditions are not looking any better than the conditions today (Monday) have been. We are concerned with the forecasted temperatures and it is to be too cold to allow students to walk or wait at bus stops.”

Tiffin YMCA has announced it is to host a “No School Fun Day” for youth in grades kindergarten through five 6:30 a.m-6 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. Main activities are to begin at 9 a.m. Activities include swimming, gym time, crafts and a movie. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact the YMCA, at (419) 447-8711.

When considering canceling classes for the day, Daniel said he and Transportation Supervisor Randy Conger begin evaluating the roads around 4-5:30 a.m.

Once they check out the north and south sides of Tiffin, Daniel said they meet to discuss what to do about the roads, check on what other districts are doing and report to the superintendent with their recommendation. From there, they decide whether to delay or close, he said.

The same goes for other districts.

Superintendent Elaine Nye of New Riegel Local Schools, whose district is closed today, said she and the transportation coordinator also take to the roads to evaluate conditions.

“We meet and discuss the conditions of the roads and whether it is safe for the buses to run,” Nye said.

“We also factor in student drivers and students that walk to school on whether we delay or close.”

Most of the students are brought to school by bus or by parents and some walk, she said.

Superintendent Laura Kagy of Seneca East Local Schools said her district is to be closed today due to the extreme temperatures.

“Each district evaluates conditions on an individual basis,” Kagy said. “We check with other districts on what they are planning and evaluate the county roads and townships that cross over into our district.”

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center is to close today also.

Greg Edinger, superintendent for Vanguard-Sentinel, said they are different than other schools.

“Between Vanguard-Sentinel, we have 17 schools that flow into us. We keep in contact with other districts and if a majority of them go down, then we follow,” Edinger said.

Classes were to begin today, but both schools will be closed.

“We are thinking of the students,” he said. “We have a lot of students that drive from places like Upper Sandusky and Port Clinton. We don’t want them to be in any danger.”

Heidelberg University has issued a delay for the start of its spring classes until Friday. University offices are to remain closed today.

“This spring, we were to begin classes Wednesday,” Heidelberg’s Dean of Students Dustin Brentlinger said. “Because today (Monday) was predicted to be extremely cold, with an increased chance of frostbite, we decided to delay the start of the school year until the extreme cold passes.”

Brentlinger said classes typically meet either Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday.

“Moving to a Friday start day means students miss only the first day of classes,” he said. “It allows our students to travel Thursday, avoiding the worst of the winter storm and cold.”

“When closing or delaying school, our most important concern is the safety of our community,” Brentlinger said. “The decision to close rests with Provost David Weininger and myself. (Monday) morning we discussed the issue via phone starting at 4 a.m. When making a decision, we consult with city and county officials and rely on the advice of our staff.”

After a decision is made, Brentlinger said an alert message is sent out to the Weather Emergency Team. Members of the team make sure the community is aware of the delay or closing and the appropriate action is taken to address any issues on campus.

Tiffin University officials said Monday that offices will be closed today.

Classes for the spring semester are to begin Jan. 13.

Following are additional school closings for today:

Calvert Catholic Schools

Carey Exempted Village Schools

Clyde/Green Springs Exempted Village Schools

Fostoria City Schools

Mohawk Local Schools

Old Fort Local Schools

St. Wendelin Catholic Schools

Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools