Gallipolis City School District
Thanksgiving & Christmas Vacations
Emergency School Closings, Delays or Early Dismissals
The Gallipolis City School District will be closed on November 24th – November 29th, 2010, for Thanksgiving Vacation. Report Cards for the 1st Nine Weeks will be disbursed on November 5th, 2010. The Gallipolis City School District will also be closed on December 22nd – December 31st, 2010, for Christmas Vacation. Parents and/or Guardians should make plans for their child(ren) being off from school during these vacations. In addition, planning should include the necessary adjustments related to bus transportation and driving conditions during the upcoming inclement weather season.
Due to potential inclement weather conditions, the Gallipolis City Schools may have to cancel school or run on a two hour delay schedule. With the threat of severe weather and/or flooding, the Gallipolis City School District has a make-up days plan in case there is a need to exceed the State of Ohio allotted three calamity days.
Every school district is required to schedule additional school days on their calendar each year to be used as make-up days in case school is closed for more than three days. The extra days of school are commonly added during Spring Vacation and/or following the original end of the school year. The Gallipolis City Schools have a Spring Vacation built into the school calendar for this purpose.
Canceling school is not an easy process. Troy Johnson, Transportation and Safety Supervisor for the Gallipolis City Schools, and Mike Jacobs of the Gallia County Local Schools, communicate with each other prior to canceling school for either district. During the onset of inclement weather, these men will set out in the late evening and early morning hours to drive the county and city roads to determine road conditions. The two will keep in contact and discuss the roads each has traveled. Usually, by 5:00 a.m. they are able to make a decision regarding the road conditions and to then make a recommendation to their respective superintendents. The safety of the students and staff is their primary concern.
In determining if school should be canceled, the two men stay in close contact with the Township Trustees, Sheriff’s Office, City Police Department, State Highway Garage and their Superintendents. Both men are also road watchers for the Ohio Department of Transportation and each report to State officials on the conditions of the county’s roads.
As Gallia County experiences snow, ice and severe cold temperatures while also being at risk for flooding, the potential threat exists to cancel school for these conditions. Hopefully this will not be necessary, but the Spring Vacation is built into the Gallipolis City School District calendar to allow for four possible make-up days.
When an emergency condition exists that calls for a closing of the city schools, the local TV and radio stations will broadcast such bulletins only as issued by the Gallipolis City Schools, and these bulletins will be on the air by 6:00 A.M., or as early as possible when a weather emergency has developed. These bulletins will also be posted on the District webpage at gc.k12.oh.us under “School Status”.