With spring upon us, we can look forward to more daylight and warmer temperatures, while leaving another bitterly cold winter in the rearview mirror.

With spring upon us, we can look forward to more daylight and warmer temperatures, while leaving another bitterly cold winter in the rearview mirror.

Since the cold temperatures and snowy weather caused us to miss several days of school, I've been asked many questions about whether students will need to make up time and what is the decision-making process when deciding to delay or close Reynoldsburg City Schools.

So to help parents and students, I have prepared answers to the most common questions received this school year.

First, I've been asked several times how many calamity days our district is allowed before we have to make up time. The state of Ohio switched to a required minimum number of hours for instruction instead of the longstanding number of required school days. That means the state would not force Reynoldsburg to make-up instructional time unless we were to miss about three weeks of school. However, the district could employ make-up days if there was an educational need.

The board of education has set potential make-up days for May 29 and June 1-4. If we were to employ make-up time, we would provide ample notice to families.

In the event of inclement weather, our strong preference is to remain open, for the education and well-being of our students. Closing school creates a significant inconvenience for our families, and in some cases, means children will not be supervised during the day or will not have access to a nutritious lunch. We believe it is in our students' best interest to remain in session when possible. Parents, of course, may decide to keep their children home on certain days we remain open; that is their right and responsibility.

When assessing the safety of the morning commute, our focus is on school transportation. Are the temperatures and wind chills causing a frostbite risk for children waiting 15-30 minutes at school bus stops (generally about minus-20 degrees)? Can school bus drivers navigate their routes with proper traction in the snow or visibility in foggy conditions? Is the timing of the weather event such that city crews will not have time to plow or treat main roads?

District personnel monitor road conditions overnight. We stay in contact with city road crews and monitor local radar as well as weather forecasts as part of the decision-making process. Occasionally, a two-hour delay is sufficient to allow roads to be plowed or for fog to clear out.

School is delayed or canceled only when it is necessary. We know that these changes can cause some added stress on our families, so we make the decision as early as possible to allow parents to make arrangements for children staying home.

Once the decision is made, we use multiple avenues to communicate. We notify television and radio stations, post on social media, update our website, and send emails, texts and phone calls to families. Although launching all of these communications takes about 15 minutes total, we have experienced delays and failures in all of them at one time or another. That is why we continue to use every communications avenue available to us.

For more information about school policies, log onto www.reyn.org. For more updates, school delays and cancellation alerts, check our website and follow us on Twitter at @ReynSchools or follow your school on Facebook.

Tina Thomas-Manning is superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools.