School Closing Policy Change

Posted on February 23, 2015 in category SYC Announce

Tired of missing school at SYC because of the cold? So are we!

It’s been an unusually cold and snowy winter so far with spring a long way off, and we’ve already had to close SYC for six days due to the weather (and once due to water problems). Many classes will need to offer make-up days and, while we’re happy to do so, we’d rather be at school now and we think that your children would, too.

Our policy to close when Columbus City Schools closes makes sense when the roads are unsafe, but because our children do not wait for buses or walk to school, it doesn’t always make sense for us to close for low temperatures. We see many families out and about on those cold days and know that for many a quick trip from house to car to school is preferable to staying cooped up all day or having to make it up later.

As a result, for the time being we will no longer necessarily close SYC when Columbus City Schools closes. The SYC staff will make a decision on a day-to-day basis, taking into consideration road conditions and weather. We may also choose to close for the morning and open for the afternoon if it seems appropriate. We will aim to notify parents (email, Facebook, text, website) soon after Columbus makes their decision, but at least by 6:30 am for morning/all day cancellations and by about 9:30 am for afternoon cancellations. If Columbus closes, we will post whether we are closing or whether we are staying open. Keep in mind that last-minute cancellations are always a possibility due to other factors (water, heat, etc.) regardless of what happens in Columbus.

After trying this out for the rest of the school year, we will revisit the plan and, with the SYC Committee, decide on a policy for next year.

It is always up to you to decide if it is safe for your family to get to SYC. Our families come from far and near, have different comfort levels with the cold/snow, and have different needs. We trust that you’ll do what you need to do for your family.

Please bear with us as we work thorough this change!