District News

Winter is here! Info on delays, closings

Posted on: January 2, 2017

With winter officially here, it is a good time to review Little Miami’s procedures on delaying or closing school due to inclement weather.

Superintendent Greg Power considers many factors when making the call, including the safety of students (including student drivers), hazardous road conditions, evolving weather forecasts, functionality of the district’s bus fleet and others.

The decision process starts early, beginning around 3:30 a.m. School officials monitor multiple forecasts and travel local roads. Since the Little Miami district covers nearly 100 square miles, conditions can vary drastically from one area of the district to another.

“The safety of our students and staff is foremost in my mind when making a decision to delay or close school,” Power said. “These decisions are not always clear cut and occasionally must be made using forecasts that change by the hour. Our desire is not to inconvenience families, but to keep students safe.”

Closing for Cold Weather

Little Miami Schools will close on days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below -20ºF to -25ºF. Temperatures with wind chills in this range are considered dangerously cold if exposure is over 10-15 minutes. With students walking to school and waiting at bus stops, extreme cold of this nature is a safety issue.

  • The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning when wind chills are -25 or colder
  • The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when wind chills are -15 or colder.

Communicating Closures and Delays

Little Miami strives to make announcements regarding school schedules by 5:30 a.m. No announcement means "school as usual."

Announcements regarding delays or closings will be made in multiple locations:

  • Local news media
  • The district’s website
  • Automated phone and text messages to families and staff from our SchoolMessenger system.
  • District’s Facebook page
  • District’s Twitter feed
  • District’s Instagram account