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District News & Events  
December 13, 2016
WINTER BREAK BEGINS NEXT WEEK
There will be no school Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2, 2017. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. See you in the new year!

WINTER IS COMING - SNOW DAY INFORMATION

Wintry weather is upon us, and with that comes some very difficult decisions for northeast Ohio superintendents. Calling off school for inclement weather is always a difficult decision – we want our students here in class, but their safety is critical. With that in mind, we wanted to share some important information about Snow Days in the Lorain City Schools:

How the Decision is Made
The decision to close school is not made lightly. However, there are times when safety concerns for our students make this necessary. Factors that are considered include information about whether or not temperatures are safe for students waiting at bus stops or walking to and from school, whether or not school parking lots and sidewalks are clear and safe for both driving and walking, whether or not main roads and side streets are safe for students to walk to the bus stop or school, and whether or not the Transportation Department believes school buses can safely transport students to and from school. 

In addition we consult with the safety forces in the city of Lorain to see if they believe that travel is safe.  We also check the forecast for the hours immediately before, during and after school.  The superintendents in the area consult each other to see if they have decided to cancel classes or remain open. 
 
Making Up Missed Days of Instruction
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the state began considering hours in school instead of days in school when giving credit for a cancelled day. School can be closed because of bad weather, but because LCSD students attend school more than the minimum number of hours, we should not have to make up snow days at the end of the school year.
 
Communicating Snow Days
If school is called off because of bad weather, the district will notify parents and staff by robocall, text, mobile app, email, social media, and television.  Click here to learn more about connecting with these resources. The official announcement will also be posted on the district’s website as an on-screen alert at www.lorainschools.org.  
 
Parent Reminders
Sometimes parents may disagree with the decision to not close school. If that is the case, parents decide whether or not to send their children to school.
 
On the winter days in which school is in session, please be sure to send your child to school properly dressed for the weather. Hats, gloves and warm coats are often necessary even if your child is taking the bus to school. Whenever possible, students will go out for recess and similar activities when conditions are safe.
 
In the meantime, please keep an eye on the weather and know that we will share the decision to close school as early as we are able when the forecast is questionable.  
 
Sincerely,

Dr. Jeff Graham
Superintendent

COACH MCFARLAND RECEIVES A CLEVELAND BROWNS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lorain Titans Football Coach Dave McFarland received a Cleveland Browns Coach of the Year award Dec. 11, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Browns donated another $5,000 to the high school football program as part of Cleveland Browns Youth Football program. McFarland also is a finalist for National Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Pro Bowl!  

THE LORAIN COMMUNITY UNITES FOR ITS CHILDREN

The Lorain City School District is blessed to be part of a community of caring individuals who do all they can for the children of our city. Learn about some of the many organizations which come together at this time of year to bring the magic of the season to our kiddos in this article in the Morning Journal.
"GIRL POWER" FOSTERS FEMALE LEADERS AT LORAIN HIGH 
Learn about the new "Girl Power" program which connects our female students to female leaders in the community to help them learn the "keys to success." The YWCA Girl Power Leadership Academy launched December 1st with a kickoff ceremony on the stage of the new Lorain High Performing Arts Center. Read about it in the Morning Journal here. See photos on the YWCA Facebook page here.
ANSWERS TO FAQ'S ABOUT HB70 AND A CEO IN LORAIN
Both Lorain and Youngstown school districts have Academic Distress Commissions, but only Youngstown is affected by HB70 - for now. Since Lorain's grades did not improve a new Academic Distress Commission with new powers will be created for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more at this link.  
SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS AND WELL CHILD VISIT AT A MERCY CLINIC IN THE LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS
Mercy is now providing health and wellness services right in the Lorain City Schools - making it more convenient than ever for parents to make sure their kids stay healthy! Reminder: students MUST have a signed consent form to receive these services.
 

DID YOU KNOW? A free shuttle will transport your child from any Lorain City School to the Mercy School-Based Health Clinic for his or her appointment!

Schedule an appointment: 440-370-5446  
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