How It’s Made: Snow Days

Zachary Swantek

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Living in a State like Ohio where mother nature is never quite sure how to make up her mind, things like snow days and delays are only a natural occurrence. While all students and teachers as well enjoy snow days, the average person would more than likely not be able to explain what steps are needed to make these things happen, so here are a few of them.

Over all, the superintendent of the school district tends to make the final decision on if a school should close due to inclement weather, but they are not the only one involved with the decision.

Our superintendent, Mr. Yazvac was kind enough to meet with us and walk us through the process of deciding when the school delays and when it closes.  Mr. Yazvac discussed that the school looks at future weather predictions and forecasts and will even go as far as to contact the local police department to gather reports on how the roads were during the different officers’ nightly rounds in the town.

The school’s transportation management is also consulted due to their knowledge of how they believe their braking systems will perform in such cold weather, and if they think it will be safe to drive on the roads. Yazvac stressed that the students’ safety is a main priority and because the school busses use a special type of brake to help slow such a large vehicle when stopping, but these brakes can be affected and prove faulty in cold environments since they use air as the stopping power.

After getting in touch with these various contacts the superintendent then communicates with his board of colleagues to make the final decision on whether or not to delay or even close down the school.  After that there is only one thing left to do, which is sit back, sleep in and enjoy the break….If you’re a student that is.

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