February 7, 2014
We hope you are all staying warm and safe.
So far, the 2013/2014 school year has brought some interesting and unpredictable weather. We understand that when your child attends two districts, delays and closings can become confusing, so we appreciate your patience during this process.
Below you will find some information regarding delays/closings, procedures, and a message from our Superintendent.
Delays & Closings - A message from our Superintendent
There are a lot of factors that go into considering whether to hold school, delay, or close. DACC's Superintendent, Mary Beth Freeman explains the decision making process on her blog
Getting kids to school and delivering a quality education is a priority for DACC and the other districts in the area. This winter has presented numerous challenges to keeping students in school. People often ask me what goes into my decision to delay or cancel school. Safety is the number one priority. I ask myself the question, 'Will traveling to school put students or staff in an unsafe situation?' The second consideration is how many of our associate districts are closed or delayed.
When a student's associate district is delayed or closed, the student follows the status of their associate district schedule. DACC serves students from Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley, Delaware Hayes, Olentangy, Ohio School for the Deaf, Westerville, and Worthington. I maintain contact with the other superintendents and base my decision, collectively, on what they decide for their districts.
Every situation is different, but as a general rule, when all county schools are delayed or closed I will delay or close DACC. An exception to this was recently when we had extreme cold temperatures. The Delaware County schools delayed 2 hours and the other districts were operating on a normal schedule. DACC opened on time for those students who would be arriving on time from the respective districts. It was important to have our doors open to those students who would be arriving on time.
Each scenario is different and a decision must be made based on the information at the time. Concern for the safety of our students and staff, communication with the district superintendents, and consideration given to how many of our associate districts are closed are all factors used to determine if DACC remains open, delays, or closes school.