It seems as if the sky is the enemy for some Akron-area school superintendents.
Flooding rain — instead of snow and bitter cold — forced a handful of Summit County school districts and private schools to close Tuesday.
The latest closings follow a flurry of school closings over the winter that sent most of the area’s districts over the state’s limit of so-called calamity days.
Among those hardest hit in Monday’s storms were in Cuyahoga Falls, where water flowed freely over knee-high walls on rooftops.
“All of our buildings were affected to some degree,” Superintendent Todd Nichols said.
The worst of the flooding was at Dewitt and Silver Lake elementary schools, Bolich Middle School and the high school.
Staff worked through the day Tuesday to clean up the mess and assess the damage.
“It may take us a little time to figure out what was lost in terms of personal and school-district owned property,” said Nichols, who added that a flood insurance claim may be filed.
Other schools in Cuyahoga Falls suffered the same fate.
“We will be off [today] because it is too wet,” said Jen Wedo, finance manager at Summit Christian School.
Wedo worked the phones Tuesday with the insurance company as 40 staff members cleared inches of standing water in seven classrooms.
“Every staff member showed up to mop and bail the water,” Melanie Kemp, the school’s principal, said.
At least one school missed the worst of the storm.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Cuyahoga Falls was spared any serious flood damage, but called off school because flooded streets made it dicey for students to make it to classes.
“There was no damage to the school,” said Mary Murphy, a pastoral associate. “The church basement had a little bit of water damage, but we were pretty lucky really. We were very blessed and very lucky.”
The storm’s path arced across northern Summit County, flooding schools and impeding bus transportation from Old Trail and Revere in the west to Woodridge and Stow-Munroe Falls schools to the east.
Stormwater filled the basement at Highland Elementary in Stow and soaked three carpeted classrooms at Riverview Elementary. The flood seeped into the lobby at the district’s administration building.
Holy Family School in Stow also suffered flood damage. The water was so high in its parking that a large metal container to collect paper recycling began floating around like a boat.
Tuesday’s school cancellations also raise questions about how make-up days will be handled.
Archbishop Hoban High School, which closed Tuesday due to water damage, has encouraged students to check the school’s website for online make-up work, also known as “blizzard bags.” Woodridge, which supplemented blizzard bags and shortened spring break to make up excess snow days, has yet to announce plans to make up the rain day.
And Revere schools, which incurred no damages in the flood that prevented bus drivers from getting to students on Tuesday, probably will add another day onto the end of the year, Superintendent Randy Boroff said.
Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or email@example.com.