Dear Lakewood Families,
We are coming to the time of year when school closings and delays are on all of our minds. We realize that our decision to open or close schools, have a two-hour delay, or resort to an early release in bad weather has an impact on families and causes disruption to school. First and foremost, our goal is always to have students safe and in school to optimize student learning and achievement. We wanted to review how we go about making decisions regarding closings or delays.
We know that certain weather conditions cause us to evaluate forecasts, current weather, road conditions and the status of our bus drivers and bus fleet. We closely monitor forecasts in regards to snow and extremely cold temperatures throughout the winter months. We have regular communication with road crews and police and drive area roads both in the mornings and evenings. Please understand that road conditions vary from the eastern side to the western side of our district. Be assured that we are driving the roads to make this determination.
Temperatures below freezing may not be a reason for a school closure as this depends on the bus fleet. Please make sure children have coats, hats and gloves ready in cases of very cold mornings. We will accept gently used coats at the buildings for those in need. Please contact your building principal to pick-up or drop off any.
When we make the decision to close school, we use multiple ways (because sometimes technology fails us) and will do so in as timely a manner as possible. We notify television and radio stations, post on Twitter (@Mary Kay Andrews), Facebook (@lakewood.k12.oh.us), our website (www.lakewood.k12.oh.us) and make phone calls to families and emergency contacts. You may want to sign up for alerts with your preferred TV station as well. If you are not on the one-call system, you can sign up on our website, under parent resources/closing and delays.
Many students follow me on Twitter, share news station weather information (weathermen like to make predictions about chances of closing school to increase social media traffic) and I appreciate the good-natured nudges to close school - please know they play no factor in the decision-making process.
If you would like to better understand school closing details, please review the Q&A provided on this page. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Mary Kay Andrews,