Dear Graham Local Parents and Guardians:
I welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. I sincerely hope your family has a great experience. Please know your child’s safety is always of an utmost concern to all members of the Graham Local School District. It is with this understanding that I write this letter intending to explain the process by which Graham Local School officials come to a decision to delay or cancel school.
School calamity days may be called for a variety of issues. As you know, snow, ice and fog are the most common in west central Ohio. A calamity day may also be called for an electrical outage, plumbing troubles or other facility issues.
To determine if school is closed or delayed by inclement weather, the following steps are taken:
1. Mr. Don Burley, Director of Operations, and I drive the roads of our district.
2. Mr. Burley and I contact school officials of neighboring districts regarding their weather and road conditions.
3. Mr. Burley and I consult local weather forecasts.
Because Graham’s first buses hit the road early, an initial decision regarding school delay or closure is made by 5:30 a.m. If a second decision is required, the deadline is 7:30 a.m.
Once a decision has been made to delay or cancel school, there are several methods for you to obtain pertinent information:
One Call Now
Graham Local School uses the One Call Now system. One Call Now will be in place to notify parents of school closings and delays, current events and any other pertinent school information. Parents will be able to update their information throughout the school year on the Graham Local website via a One Call Now Update banner on each specific buildings’ home page. One call now is used by principals to address building-level issues. It can also be used to share important safety information that impacts the entire district.
Graham Local Website – www.grahamlocalschools.org
Closing and Delay information will appear on the district home page, as soon as possible once a decision has been made.
Social Media Twitter account @GrahamSchools
Facebook Page: Graham Local Schools
Text / E-mail
A texting and/or e-mail notification system can be utilized by accessing the sign-up information via a link on the district’s home page.
Radio / TV
K-99.1 FM in Dayton and WKPO 98.3 FM in Bellefontaine
TV Channels – 2, 7, 22 and 45 in Dayton
In the Graham district, we continue to count days utilized during the school year. Under this practice, the Ohio Dept. of Education allows school districts to utilize five (5) days as calamity days. In case we need to use calamity days, day one (1) through three (3) will be made up using Blizzard Bags for students. Days four (4) through Eight (8) will not be made up. Extenuating circumstances beyond eight days could require other make-up plans. Possible make-up options on this year’s calendar are listed below in hierarchical order:
1. The first day of Winter Break (Wednesday, December 21, 2016)
2. The first 1-2 day(s) of Spring Break.
3. Days after the end of the student year (May 31, 2017 and beyond)
Another important safety concern is to remember to devise a plan for your family in the event the district must call for an early dismissal. Especially important is for young children who ride the bus to have someone meet them if an early dismissal is called.
Please remember, the final decision to send a child to school on an icy, snowy day rests with parents. We value your best judgment. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Have a safe school year!