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2019-2020 Emergency Weather Closing Procedures



Following are the emergency closing procedures for the

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

In the event of bad weather the stations listed below will broadcast that The Leonard Kirtz School and The Centre at Javit are on a one (1) or two (2) hour delay or closed.

TV:     Channels 21, 27, 33, 17/62

Radio:            AM Stations                           FM Stations

                        WKBN-570                            WMXY-89.9               WHOT-101

                        WBTJ-29.9                              WNIO-101.9               WYFM-Y103

                        WNIO-1390                            WRBG -106.1            

                        WBBW-1240                          WNCD -93.3


We will also be notifying Parents, Guardians and Providers through the “One Call System” for program announcements and severe weather alerts. If you are not registered for this system, please contact Tim Gabrelcik at 330-799-2728 or email at with your request

Please do not call the TV / radio stations.

Also, please do not call Transportation, as they are trying to contact the stations.

We will announce the "one (1) or two (2) hour delay" on the same radio and television channels we use for closing information. When this occurs, you can expect the bus to pick-up the rider either one (1) or two (2) hours later than usual. The afternoon return schedule should remain normal. The decision to delay for one (1) or  two (2) hours or close the program is based on anticipated weather conditions, actual road conditions and the safety and welfare of all students, adults and staff. 

Don't forget that a delay can develop into a complete program closure if the road or weather conditions do not improve as anticipated. You need to be prepared for that possibility.

Also, remember, MCBDD buses cover the entire Mahoning County area and conditions may be worse in some areas than in others which may cause a short unanticipated delay. It is helpful if you are able to clear your driveway or sidewalk used as access to the pick-up/drop-off place to prevent injuries due to slips and falls.

Please keep in mind the decision to send a child to school or an adult to the workshop is always yours. It is often difficult to keep the bus as warm as we would like due to the frequent stops with the doors open for loading. This is also why you should always dress the individual for cold weather.

Let’s hope for a mild and safe winter.

Bill Whitacre


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