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Emergency Closing Procedures/Winter Weather

If inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances cause schools to be delayed or closed, announcements will be made on the following local media outlets:

  • WHIO Channel 7
  • WDTN Channel 2
  • As a reminder, updates will also be posted on our mobile app. Please make sure your phone numbers are up-to-date at your child’s school so that OneCall Now will notify you of a delay or cancellation. 

The Mad River School District’s administration takes a team approach when making decisions about school delays and closures.  That decision is based on safety first, using the best information available at the time the decision must be made.

Input from the District’s Transportation Department is received after we have driven various roadways in the school district firsthand.  This procedure normally begins at 4:30 a.m. so that a decision can be made if a delay or cancellation seems warranted.  The Superintendent may also consult with other area school districts.  The final decision is generally reached around 6:00 a.m. to inform media and affected District personnel.

School delays or cancellations due to dangerously cold weather will be based on the current weather forecasts which take into consideration temperatures and wind chill factors.  As a guide, if the wind chill is minus 10 degrees or colder, a delay may be scheduled.  If the forecast calls for brutal temperatures not to significantly improve, then Mad River would likely cancel classes for the day.  The concern is about potential hypothermia, and skin exposure for the children who walk or wait at bus stops.

Acknowledging the challenges we may face this winter due to the inclement weather, we will continue to work together to ensure all precautions are taken to keep our students safe. As always, students should dress warmly for the commute to and from school.

Please see start and dismissal time schedule should we delay...