School Delays and Closings

Delays and closings FAQ
School delays can be a little confusing and not everyone knows exactly what to do. Below are our most frequently asked questions regarding closings and delays, broken up into 4 main categories:
Notifications
Possible Scenarios
Calamity Days vs Calamity Hours
Online Days and Assignments

NOTIFICATIONS:

Q: How will I be notified of a closing or delay?
A: DACC notifies local TV/radio stations, the information is posted to the DACC web site and social media platforms, and a Honeywell Instant Alert is sent out to those who subscribe.

Q: I just received my home school's notification that they are delayed/cancelled and the message stated that DACC is also delayed/cancelled. However, I have not received any information from DACC. What should I do?
A: There is often a lot of information that needs to be shared when our home schools send out their notifications. They most likely said that transportation to DACC has been delayed or cancelled. The home schools do not speak on behalf of DACC, so only follow the instructions sent out directly from DACC.


POSSIBLE SCENARIOS:

Please review this document for various scenarios and what you should do. 

In the event that you follow your home district's delay or closure while DACC is still operating on normal hours, your absence will be considered excused as long as your parent/guardian calls, emails, or sends a note to our attendance department. The attendenace department can be contacted at Attendance@DelawareAreaCC.org or 740-203-2268.   


CALAMITY DAYS VS CALAMITY HOURS:

For many years schools were permitted five (5) calamity days with unlimited delays and dismissals.   The five (5) day rule has been changed by legislation. High schools are now required to meet a minimum of 1001 instructional hours.  This includes school closings, delays and early dismissals.  

Q: Why is my home school still counting days and not hours? 
A: 
Any district who had a collective bargaining agreement in place before July 1st, 2014 that referenced calamity days may continue with “days.”

Q: When will my home school begin following the legislated hour requirement?
A:  Each school will begin following the legislated hour requirement based on their own collective bargaining agreement. If you would like to find out when your home school will begin following the hour requirements, we recommend you contact the school.

Q: Why does DACC delay one hour instead of two?
A: 
Delays are generally implemented in order to provide enough time for the weather to improve, schools to clear parking lots and sidewalks, or safe traveling for buses on the roads.  When your high school has a 2 hour delay buses are beginning their routes between 8 and 8:30 am which is before the one hour delay start times of 8:50 at DACC.  Students whose home school is delayed are not expected to be at DACC until the time of the arrival of their home school bus at DACC.  


ONLINE DAYS:

Q: What is the process for an Online Day? 
A: When an Online Day is called by the district, students should log into BlackBoard to access assignments. There should be at least one assignment for each class they take at DACC. Once the assignment has been accessed, there will be clear instructions about what is expected of them and how they can turn in the assignment. They have two weeks to complete all of the assignments that are posted. If any student does not complete their assigned work, the student will be counted absent.

Q: I don’t have Internet access at home. How will my student complete their online assignment?
A: DACC students will have access to the district’s Wi-Fi to complete online assignments. The Media Center is available to students during school hours. Many of your high schools will have Wi-Fi that you may connect to the Internet. Public libraries have free Wi-Fi and resources for students to complete assignments. Visit the Delaware County Library web site to see a list of their locations. Coffee shops are also an available resource to take your own laptop and utilize the free Wi-Fi.

Q: How do I contact my student’s teacher during an online day? 
A: Teachers will be working during an online day and will be available. As part of the preparation process for potential online days, our teachers will make sure their students know the best way to get in touch with them. If you are unsure how to contact your student’s teacher, please visit the Staff Directory on our web site.

Q: What dates will school be made up if DACC uses all of the available hours and online days? 
A: Time will be made up at the end of the school year if necessary.


Additional questions or special circumstances can be directed to PJ Taylor at 740-203-2268.