Ever-changing snowy conditions led to Dayton Public Schools canceling classes after some students had already been picked up by buses.
The district first delayed classes for two hours at 7:20 a.m. Some schools had already begun classes.
“We apologize for the late notice. Students already picked up will be safely transported to their schools,” DPS announced on their Facebook page. “Unfortunately, weather conditions worsened after our early start schools had already been picked up. These schools will not be on a delayed schedule.”
Parents responded angrily on Facebook that some students were already on buses or waiting at bus stops for their schools that were scheduled to begin at 8:10.
Then, at 8:15 a.m., DPS announced that schools would be closed for the day.
“The Dayton Public Schools are now CLOSED because conditions continue to deteriorate,” the district’s message read. “The district remains open. All students picked up by DPS buses will be transported back to their stops, or parents may pick them up from school.”
Some parents questioned whether young students taken back to their bus stops would be able to get into their homes if their parents had left for work.
Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said at 8:30 a.m. that buses were returning to the earliest-starting schools and taking students home. She said DPS asked parents to let the district know if they needed alternate arrangements instead of taking their child home, and some parents said they would pick up their students from the school.