Oldham County Schools
Inclement Weather Information - A Message from Superintendent Greg Schultz
The snow day decision is one of the most unpopular decisions a superintendent can make. Half of our constituents will like the decision, the other half won't. Knowing that, when we have to make a decision about whether or not to close, I want to emphasize our number one priority is the safety of students and staff.
When we hear a forecast of possible snow, we start implementing our plan. We have a team closely monitoring the weather througout the evening and overnight hours. At 3 a.m., they check the radar, consult with local meteorologists, and if needed, start getting ready to drive the roads. When we make the decision to drive, our team of five drivers is out on the roads by around 3:30 a.m. By 5 a.m. they discuss their findings and come to a consensus on the recommendation they will make to me. I then make the call to cancel, delay, or go as scheduled based on their information. Once that decision is made we go to the next phase of the plan if we decide to cancel or delay: public announcements.
We send out notifications first through Infinite Campus Messenger, then Facebook and Twitter and our website. We then notify the local meda. Our goal is to have that notice out by 5:15 a.m. Sometimes, it can take several minutes for Infinite Campus to deliver all the phone calls and text messages. Facebook and Twitter will be updated immediately.
We ask you keep in mind that occasionally, we have to make a decision based on a forecast. And since meteorology is not an exact science, sometimes that forecast doesn't pan out. Please remember we are doing our best to do what's best for students.
Other items of interest for parents concerning snow days:
OCS after-school enrichment centers will either open at 8 a.m. or be closed for the day, if conditions warrent closing. Parents will be notified via Infinite Campus Messenger whether all after-school enrichment centers will be opening at 8 a.m. or be closed for the day.
Extracurricular activities will be reviewed on an individual basis by the school principal in conjunction with central office input.