Cancellations and 2-Hour Delays

Our top priority is always the safety of our students. The 2-hour delay enables district personnel to have additional time to assess local weather conditions and allows road crews more time to improve driving conditions.

We are asking you to please make arrangements for your children in the event that either of these situations - a cancellation OR a 2-hour delay - occurs.
On a 2-hour delay, all school buildings will open 2 hours later and end at the regularly scheduled time. During a 2-hour delay, buses will pick up students in the morning  2 hours later than normal pick up times.
2 -Hour Delay Start and End Times
Elementary:           11:20am – 3:50pm
Intermediate:         10:10am – 3:10pm
Middle School:      10:10am – 3:10pm
High School:           9:25am – 2:20pm
In the event of 2-hour delay, the Taft PreK program (SCIP) will be cancelled.
Q. Who will make the decision regarding a school cancellation or 2-hour delay?
A. The superintendent, in cooperation with the transportation supervisor and local safety forces, will make the decision to either have a 2-hour delay or cancel school.
Q. How will we be notified about these situations?
A. When a decision to institute a 2-hour delay or school cancellation is made, this decision will be posted at and on the District’s Facebook page, emailed and announced on local radio and television stations. Also, a call will be made to your primary phone number through the district's new notification system.  In the case of a 2-hour delay, it is possible that road conditions will deteriorate or that an emergency condition will become more serious, and school could still be cancelled that day.
Q. When will my child's bus arrive when we are on a 2-hour Delay?
A. During a delay, transportation times will be delayed 2 hours. For example, if your child is regularly picked up at 7:50 am, your delayed start pick-up will be 9:50 am. This applies to transportation to non-public schools and for special education students as well. Students are asked to be at their stop five (5) minutes ahead of the delayed pickup time. Since buses might be running slow due to conditions, please dress your children appropriately.
Q. Can I still drop my student off at the regular time if we are on a 2-hour Delay?
A. No. When the district is on a 2-hour delay, it is important that you do not drop off your children at school prior to the start time. Building staff will not be available to supervise them before the designated starting time.
Q. Will the YMCA Child Care Program be available during a 2-hour delay?
A. No. The YMCA child care will not be available in the event of a 2-hour delay. Contact the YMCA at 330-454-9018. (updated 11/26/2013)
Q. Will my child still have breakfast and/or lunch on this schedule?
A. When the district is on a 2-hour delay, breakfast will not be served. Lunch programs will run as usual with some change in starting times and possibly the menu.
We appreciate your assistance in preparing for these changes to the school schedule. Please call your child's school or the administration offices (330-492-3500) if you have further questions.




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