Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

An Update to the 2023-2024 School Calendar

February 2, 2024

There has been a change to this year’s school calendar. The Board of Education has approved moving the school closure for teacher professional development from March 8 to April 8. The reason for the new closure date is because of the solar eclipse that will take place April 8. 

While Reynoldsburg is not in the path of totality, we will experience a partial eclipse that is only safe to look at with protective eyewear. The deepest point of the eclipse in our area, when the sun will be the most hidden, will be at about 3:10 p.m. Many of our schools release students for the day either just before or right after this time. Because of the safety concern of having students outside during the eclipse without protective eyewear, we decided it was best to close schools that day. 

The updated 2023-2024 calendar is available on our website at

One final thought about the eclipse. If you view the eclipse, please remember to avoid looking into the sun without the proper protective eyewear. The American Astronomical Society has information on How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely.  NASA also offers a page on Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse. More information about the eclipse’s path in Ohio is available at

Dr. Tracy R. Reed
Reynoldsburg City Schools

Process for Closing School Because of the Weather

Wintery weather in Ohio can make an appearance at any time and cause disruptions to our school day.
Here is important information about what process is used to determine when to cancel or delay school, as well as the many ways we let families know about school closures. 
Who decides when to close Reynoldsburg City Schools? 
The Superintendent consults with the transportation and facilities teams to determine if school must be closed for inclement weather or another emergency event. An all-day closure will mean there will not be any educational instruction that day. 
Monitoring Weather Conditions: 
Our transportation and facilities teams monitor the weather forecast and check road conditions. When assessing the safety of the morning commute, our focus is on getting students to school safely. Several factors are taken into consideration, such as temperatures and wind chills that could pose a frostbite risk for children walking or waiting at school bus stops; can school bus drivers navigate routes with proper traction and visibility; and are neighborhood sidewalks covered in ice or snow that could cause a hazard to students who walk to school. 
Notification Process 
We know unexpected scheduling changes can cause added stress on families, so we make the decision as early as possible to allow parents to make arrangements for children staying home. 
Whenever possible, the decision to close or delay school will be made the previous evening. Announcements may be made as late as 6 a.m. depending on a variety of factors. We notify local television and radio stations, post on social media, and send emails, texts and phone calls to families. Please let your school’s secretary know if you need to update your contact information in our system, so you will be sure to receive notifications. 
When Reynoldsburg City Schools close: 
  • Preschool is canceled. 
  • Transportation to Eastland-Fairfield Career Centers is not provided 
  • All evening activities in the elementary and middle school buildings are canceled. 
  • High school evening activities may take place depending on the weather throughout the day. Communication regarding such events will be made by coaches or advisors.  
  • Community groups scheduled to use school facilities (e.g., Park and Recreation, Scouts, etc.) will have their events canceled. 
Calamity Days:
The State of Ohio requires a minimum number of hours for instruction each school year. If we miss more school hours due to calamity days than the state's minimum requirement allows, we would need to make up the instructional hours to meet the minimum hour requirements.
If you have additional questions, please contact the principal at your child’s school. 

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