Youngstown schools’ two-hour delay went ‘better than expected’


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YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown City Schools will be closed today and Friday, after the district’s first two-hour delay Wednesday.

District CEO Krish Mohip posted on Facebook that he was glad instruction was able to be given Wednesday.

“Our first-ever two-hour delay went better than expected,” the post says.

Student attendance was about 79 percent Wednesday, about 14 percent lower than the average attendance rate. In a district of 4,879 students, about 3,833 students were in school Wednesday.

District spokeswoman Denise Dick said the district will use two-hour delays in future, similar situations.

“If we would have closed school, time that would have been made up would have been after [state] testing,” she said. “At least we got those hours of instruction in today for that 79 percent of students who came to school.”

“For the remainder of the week,” Mohip’s post says, “although this morning the temperatures are bearable, the wind will pick up throughout the day and the wind chill will be nearly 10 degrees below zero when children need to go home.

“It is not safe for them to be out in those conditions. Friday is just awful!”

Mohip continued, “If you are having trouble keeping your family warm, please let us (or someone) know.”

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