Officials claim no formula for school closures - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Officials claim no formula for school closures

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so how do school districts decide when to close? (Source: WOIO) Winter weather can be unpredictable, so how do school districts decide when to close? (Source: WOIO)
BAY VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) -

During the deep freeze, many schools have been canceling classes, but not all. What goes in to making the decision to stay open or close?

Bay Village Schools were open Monday, after officials watched the weather conditions all night on TV, online, and even on our First Alert Weather app

"Now, because of this information, there is an expectation we will call off the night before, but that's not always the case, because the forecast will change throughout the day," explained Clinton Keener, superintendent of Bay Village City Schools.

Officials from Shaker Heights, Medina, Rocky River and Bay Village school districts say snowfall, temperature, wind chill, as well as advisories and warnings, add up to a judgement call each day. 

Medina and Shaker Heights had classes Monday, while Rocky River, which is just down the road from Bay Village, closed its doors. 

Over the last 24-hour time period, northeast Ohio saw 5 above zero with a wind chill of -15, which shows there's no official formula and the decision comes down to superintendents of each school district.  

"I follow it hour by hour and at 3 a.m., it's right on the mark. There was a dip at 7 a.m. more than anticipated. Fortunately, everyone made it OK," said Keener.

One superintendent said during overnight snow storms, he drives the streets in his city to help make a decision.  

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