How Are School-Closing Decisions Made in Wyandotte?

School Superintendent Carla Harting said many issues are considered before making the call.

With winter weather in full force, officials at Wyandotte Public Schools must assess each snowfall to determine when closing schools is essential.

In response to an inquiry from Wyandotte Patch, school Superintendent Carla Harting provided a written explanation of how those decisions are made.

District Closing Decision-Making in Wyandotte

School safety is our primary concern when we decide to close schools. We make our decision with the students, parents, and staff members’ safety in mind. We will always try to provide information to parents as soon as possible, so they can make alternate arrangements if needed for child care.

Conditions reviewed before closing are:

  • The amount of snowfall; sidewalk, road, and parking lot conditions; and whether parents and staff members can safely arrive at school.
  • Ice or freezing rain and how it affects sidewalk, road, and parking lot conditions. We also look at the possibility of downed trees and power lines.
  • Dangerously low temperatures or wind chills (sustained at below -20 degrees) that would make walking to school dangerous.
  • Building concerns such as loss of heat, power, or water service.

Weather conditions are monitored throughout the previous evening and into the night.  A decision is usually made by 5:00 a.m. The Operations Supervisor consults with his staff to determine if snow/ice removal can be made to have the District’s sidewalks and parking lots clear.  He also consults with the city to see if the roads will be cleared. Because we provide special education services to surrounding districts who bus their students to our center programs, we consult with other superintendents in the area. 

The Operations Supervisor contacts the Superintendent who makes the decision whether to close schools. The information is then sent to a central reporting system for TV and radio stations indicating the district will be closed.

Information regarding the closing is posted on the Wyandotte Public School’s website at www.wyandotte.org  and also on the District’s main phone number (734-759-5000). This year we are piloting a new phone system for notification of families. We will use the phone number you provided on the Emergency Card to notify you of the District School Closing.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at 734-759-6002.

Carla Harting, Superintendent

Wyandotte Public Schools


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lukasgabrielsuchy February 08, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Well thanks too having to go too school today im locked out my car right now with 5 inches of snow on the street you're not taking that many precasions kids should not go to school in this!
Just Sayin! February 08, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Quite frankly Im surprised school wasnt canceled today, but pleased in that it wasnt..This is Michigan folks..deal with it.. this mornings weather was not bad at all..IMO Im infavor of closing school whn temps are in the sub zero range and or we have extreme blizzard conditions where visibility is hindered ..but I in no way thought todays weather was grounds for closure..when the schools are closed, they should take into account that MOST parents are now left to find daycare for the day and often mean driving farther in these conditions to get our children to daycare so the parents can get to work ..some people may not agree, but thats ok,If you feel you should keep you child home due to conditions outside, I feel you have the parental right to do so,and the schools could be a little more leaniant on the childrens assignments that might be due that particular day.. Im just sayin!
Mike Hunt February 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I hear that all school will be closed permenitly in Michigan. All children will be forced to be home schooled and the ones who can't be home schooled will be forced to work 16 hour shifts 7 days a week in factory's. About time if you ask me. Children these days are lazy and believe they should have everything handed to them. Child labor is the way to go. Look how good China is doing. But back to the story at hand, school closings. I feel that if public schools have the right to decide if your child can go to school in a snow storm (downriver blizzard) then we as tax payers that pay the school boards salary, can decide when they get to work.
Eric Buchanan February 08, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Wyandotte Schools dont care about students and parents all they care about is MONEY that is what is wrong with the world today
Melissa Kitchen February 08, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Wow, Mike, psycho much?
anna February 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Carla harting can make her call if it's a snow day but I'm the parent and I made it my own snow day maybe wyandotte should put the kids first instance of money being that slot of kids have to walk and wyandotte had to cut the buses out you know budget comes first not the students
Mike Hunt February 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Melissa Kitchen why would you ask? Just because people these days are raising weak children that are dependent on others? I say children should be able to be sold too. This is not America, you are blinded by a flag and a promise. Americans used to take pride in working hard but now they take pride in their posts on Facebook. This country will soon fall due to our complete lack of concern and hard work. I suggest it's time we have a dictator and not a president. Make all humans slaves. We are 138.
Mike Hunt February 08, 2013 at 04:14 PM
All jokes aside, why complain about this subject? Bottom line is YOUR the parent and your choice is final. School board that decides to stay open so your children can get a proper education and you complain about that? Don't you think the kids have enough days off as is? And all the half days. Please stop complaining about the school board and their decision to stay open for the benifit of your child's education. Admit it, your actual compliant is hidden behind this. You really are mad because you had to get out of bed and take them. My kid stayed home today because my ass was not getting up to go out in this, but you better beleave he will be at home learning and doing work I create for him.
bebop37 February 08, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Oh people get over it. I was driving my husband to work this morning at the time all the high school kids were walking to school. The roads were a little slick and slushy, but this is Michigan and we should be used to it. But of course, the roads must be terrible if you can't go 10 over the speed limit. In fact, because of the snow and temp, there weren't 50 kids smoking and doing God knows what a block away from the front of the HS in front of an empty foreclosed home. If you don't want your kid to go to school when we get a few inches, call the school and tell them you're keeping your kid home- that easy.
Just Sayin! February 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Amen to that!
janice jakaus February 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I agreev that driving wasn't too bad, but most of our kids walk. Ms. Harding should not make this decision until she walks into work. And it should be several miles as it would be 3 miles if my kids walked
Dawn Barnsdale February 08, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Driving wasn't as bad a last week, but even in a 4WD I was sliding. There wasn't enough snow here to warrant school closing, but I believe there should have been a delay. Grosse Ile roads were crap this morning. I would never have put my kids on a bus in these conditions. I can't even imagine being a bus driver on days like this.
Tracey February 08, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Your name suits you.
Eric Buchanan February 08, 2013 at 08:11 PM
soooo true
Nasty Nate Tickle Finger February 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I once tried to jump my car over Eureka in the snow. But it turns out that I was just passed out in the backseat of a Chevy with a family of raccoons and a bottle of Jack. And imagined the whole thing. Thank God up above for that moment in my life. If I never had that moment I would of probably by now followed my original dream of becoming a gypsy with an addiction to bath salts.


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