How is the decision to dismiss early made?
There may be days that weather conditions are safe for travel in the morning but hazardous by the time of Olentangy’s normally scheduled dismissals. When this is the case, district administrators will consider an early dismissal option. Implementing an early dismissal in a district that covers 95-square miles and serves more than 20,000 students is a very complicated process that must take into account several factors, including the possibility of sending younger students home before their parents can return and the fact that many of our bus route are “triple-routed” (serving high school, middle school and elementary school students) and take 2.5 hours to complete.
Because of these complicating factors, the district has set an 11 a.m. target cut-off time for deciding to implement an early dismissal. This gives the district enough time to contact the bus drivers, get the bus routes up and running, and notify the parents of Olentangy’s more than 20,000 students.
If the district decides not to implement an early dismissal, parents may choose to pick up their students early without attendance consequences. Arrangements can also be made for student drivers. Parents of student drivers may also opt to have their children ride the bus on days when road conditions could be challenging to new drivers.