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After an initial two-hour delay, the Nordonia Hills City Schools has closed schools for the entire day, making the announcement at 7:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued Lake Effect Snow and Wind Chill advisories for the area as temperatures hover between 1 and 15 degrees. Winds of 10 to 20 mph make temperatures feel like minus 14 degrees, according to the a weather update issued at 7:17 a.m.
Nordonia Hills Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joe Clark said the initial two-hour delay was called when it looked like a band of lake-effect snow would strike the area just as buses would be leaving to pick children up for school. He decided to close schools for the day when it became apparent snow would remain falling over the area.
Temperatures, although frigid, were not low enough to close schools, he said.
Clark said this is the third year the district will not have to worry about the number of calamity days needed during a harsh winter, after the state legislature allowed districts to count the number of hours they are in session, rather than days, to satisfy state requirements.
The state mandates minimum number of instructional hours for various grade levels, ranging from 910 hours in elementary grades, to 1,001 hours for high school grades. Nordonia Hills instructional hours exceed state requirements.
For example, there are 1,129 hours of instruction at 6.4 hours of instructional time per day scheduled for students at Nordonia High School, which would allow high school students to miss as many as 20 full days of school. Middle schoolers could miss up to 16 days, and elementary-grade students could miss nearly a month under the system.
While high school activities may take place when schools are closed due to weather, all elementary, middle school and community activites that use school facilities are canceled.
More information regarding the district's policy on school closings can be found on this page at the district website.