Two-Hour Delay

  • In the wake of the winter weather we experienced in the past, District administration decided to investigate what a delayed school start might look like if it were determined that such a plan might be needed. On days that begin with bitter cold but warm up as the sun begins to shine, a delayed start might be a preferable option to closing for the whole day and using a snow day.
    The goal is always to put student and staff safety first, while preserving instructional time to the greatest possibility. A delayed start would not become the new normal but would be an option to use. If we have bad winters, this will help us so we won’t have to make up days by taking days from other planned holiday time such as the spring break if we find we run out of snow days.
    In the event of a delayed start, notification would come from the District's automated telephone broadcast system, just like a snow day.
    The start times would be as follows:
    • NT High School
      • 9:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

    • NT Middle School
      • 9:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
    • NTI
      • 10:50 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    • Drake, Ohio and Spruce
      • 11:25 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Before-school activities like YMCA and breakfast would also start 2 hours later. Likewise, if your bus pick-up time was 7:10 a.m., it would now be 9:10 a.m.
    Out-of-district busing would continue at normal times if those schools are open and we are on a delay. If BOCES is open and we are on a delay, we will still provide busing from the high school at the normal time but parents would need to make the decision whether or not to send their students.
    Schools will offer a continental-type breakfast in the event of a delayed start and lunches will resume at their normal times. While we hope to have a mild and manageable winter, we have this option in the event of severe weather.
    Additional Information:
    • Staff will report two hours later than their normal start time.
    • Out-of-district busing will continue at normal times if those districts are open and our roads are not closed.
    • Each building will determine what the remainder of the day will look like (i.e. shortened periods or resume normal schedule).
    • Before-school activities will also be delayed. Elementary before-school drop-off will operate, but be delayed by 2 hours.