Sandusky Schools superintendent Eugene Sanders provided the following response:
The Sandusky City Schools go through an extensive process to determine if we have school or not based on inclement weather. We do the following:
1. Review weather forecast to determine the conditions over a 12- to 24-hour period.
2. Consult with other districts to determine the status of their decisions regarding closing versus opening.
3. (Coordinate with) our building and grounds supervisor, transportation supervisor, assistant superintendent and myself (to) determine if weather conditions and road conditions are such that it is safe for busses, walkers and cars to assess our streets and school parking lot.
4. Review the temperature and wind chill projections to determine this factor in concert with our other factors to consider regarding whether or not to open schools.
Since we are in the city, the weather conditions for our streets are often less challenging that those in rural areas where snow covered roads presents a more challenging condition for driving.
(On Wednesday) morning, our team went through our various factors and determined we were able to open. About 6:15 a.m. we had verbal confirmation that a Level 2 was potentially being called. Based on all of the factors identified above, we opened school. (On Wednesday), our average attendance is approximately 85 percent; this compares to the over 92 to 95 percent, which is our average attendance. During these days, we also do not count absences against a student whose parent has chosen to keep them home for weather-related reasons.
Finally, we have five calamity days (inclement weather) from the Ohio Department of Education. The board of education has also approved five additional days at the end of the year that we can use to make-up days in case we miss an amount over our limit for the year. We realize these are difficult decisions and attempt to make decisions in the best interest of the students and families.