When Oldham County Schools experience inclement weather conditions, safety is the most important consideration.
“The Snow Day Decision”
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about inclement weather.
As early as 3 a.m., the chief operations officer and the director of transportation contact a group of individuals who drive throughout the district to test the roads. The team has divvied up the county into sections and each member drives a specific route, checking the roadways that are typically the most dangerous when snow covered. Even if the roads are initially satisfactory, the drivers may make several trips if snow continues to fall, or if the weather continues to deteriorate.
By 5 a.m., the group convenes to discuss the situation and share their impressions of the road conditions. The director of transportation contacts the state and county road departments to check on road clearing progress, too. Once updated, the COO makes the decision on whether to close school, delay opening or open on schedule. We try to make that decision before 6:00 a.m. whenever possible.
School closings, delays or early dismissals will be posted on the school’s website and social media sites as soon as the decision is made. A OneCall alert will be sent to parents but can take 45-60 minutes for all the calls to be delivered by the system.
Website — www.oldham.kyschools.us
Facebook — www.facebook.com/OldhamCoSchools
Twitter — www.twitter.com/OldhamCoSchools
Print media websites — The Oldham Era and Courier-Journal
Television media — WAVE, WDRB, WHAS and WLKY
If severe weather strikes while students are in school, a decision to close school for the remainder of the day may be made. Activating the transportation system due to inclement weather takes time. Transporting students safely will require carefully planned dismissal procedures. We also take into consideration the possibility of young children arriving home without an adult present during severe weather, or not even being able to get inside their home.
Typically, activities will be canceled when school has been closed all day or closed early. Please check the district website, or your school's website, for specific information. The Oldham County Schools Arts Center and Oldham County Adult Education also post their own closing information.
- Review the information you have listed as emergency contacts and make sure that the numbers are updated, either through Infinite Campus or with your school’s office manager.
- Contact your childcare facility, if necessary, to find out what their procedures are for inclement weather.
- Make plans ahead of time and communicate them with your children so they understand what to expect during an early school dismissal due to inclement weather.
Understand that school closings are for the safety of children throughout the district. While the condition of your neighborhood streets may be fine, other areas of the district may be experiencing harsher weather.