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Severe Weather Update, March 15, 2024
Olentangy Schools

Updated March 17th, 2024 at 5:00PM
Thank you for the tireless and continuous efforts of our local emergency response teams, district facilities staff, and contracted maintenance crews. As a result of their hard work, all Olentangy Schools will be open on Monday, March 18 for students and staff.  

The storms that hit our greater One Olentangy community last week caused severe damage to schools and several communities. Olentangy staff and crews have worked around the clock since the moment the storm hit to evaluate, clean, repair, and restore our school buildings and facilities to allow our staff and students to return to school. Power has been restored in all our buildings. 

As previously shared, the Berlin community was severely impacted by last week’s storms, and the District's maintenance staff and contracted crews will remain at both Berlin Middle School and Berlin High School to continue repairs to buildings and athletic facilities. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide updates on road closures, and those road conditions may impact morning and afternoon commutes and bus routes. 

Olentangy Schools recognizes many families across the District may still be dealing with the storm’s aftermath. If you, or any Olentangy family, have been displaced due to storm damage, you are encouraged to contact Allisha Berendts, Director of Student Well-Being - allisha_berendts@olsd.us to ensure your children can attend school.  

We recognize students may have felt a variety of emotions during the storm, and you are encouraged to contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to request additional support. They are equipped to handle conversations about the effects of a natural disaster. 

Below are resources parents and guardians can use in conversations with their children in the aftermath of a natural disaster: 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate the coming days.  


Updated March 15th, 2024 at 5:00PM
Thank you for your patience as we assess and execute the next steps in the aftermath of last evening’s storms. Below is an update on our Olentangy buildings and impacted facilities:

  • Power has been restored to Arrowhead Elementary School, Johnnycake Corners Elementary School, Berkshire Middle School, Olentangy High School, and the East Transportation Depot.
  • Cheshire Elementary School, Berlin Middle School, and Berlin High School are still without power.
  • District leaders, building custodians, and maintenance teams have been on-site since last night to assess the level of damage in and around our schools.
  • It has been determined that Berlin Middle School and Berlin High School were the two schools that sustained serious damage during last night’s storm. Repairs have already begun to address damage to both buildings. 

As shared in previous messages, students, families, staff, and community members should not come to buildings to support cleanup efforts. The district’s facilities team will be working over the weekend - and beyond - to ensure necessary repairs are made to allow students and staff to safely return to school.


Updated March 15th, 2024 at 3:00PM
For families looking to help their neighbors and surrounding community, please reference the Community Resources for Olentangy Families.


Updated March 15th, 2024 at 1:30PM
Our One Olentangy community is still recovering from last night’s severe weather, and while the damage looks different across the district, its impact has been felt by our entire community. 

We appreciate the outpouring of support being offered, but we are asking that students, families, staff, or community members not attempt to travel to schools to assist in cleanup efforts. Maintenance teams are working throughout the weekend to ensure schools can safely open on Monday, and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continues to discourage community members from traveling through potentially dangerous traffic obstructions.   

If any Olentangy families have been displaced due to storm damage, you are encouraged to contact Allisha Berendts, Director of Student Well-Being - allisha_berendts@olsd.us.  

We recognize students may have felt a variety of emotions during the storm, and you are encouraged to contact your student’s school counselor if you would like to request additional support. 

Below are some resources parents and guardians can use in conversations with their student in the aftermath of a natural disaster: 


Last night’s storms severely impacted our entire One Olentangy community, including widespread power outages, road closures, and damage to homes and neighborhoods.  

The district leadership team assessed the storm’s aftermath overnight and determined it was in the best interest of students, families, and staff to close all schools today, March 15. There was extensive damage at two schools (Berlin Middle and Berlin High School), as well as surrounding school communities. As of this morning, the following schools and offices were still without power: 

  • Arrowhead Elementary School 
  • Cheshire Elementary School 
  • Johnnycake Corners Elementary School  
  • Berkshire Middle School 
  • Berlin Middle School  
  • Berlin High School  
  • Olentangy High School (Partial Outage) 
  • East Transportation Depot 

District leaders have been in contact with government officials and emergency management teams, and at this time, there is no estimate for when power will be restored or debris clearance on roadways.  

Olentangy Schools will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day, and as we continue to assess all schools, facilities, and surrounding neighborhoods, the District will provide additional updates and resources for impacted families, staff, and school communities, as needed.