Inclement Weather Policy


The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. When severe weather is predicted or when emergencies arise, the Mandel Early Childhood Education Center may close. 


It is our policy that school will close only when the City of Akron has issued a LEVEL 3 snow emergency, and all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. It is at the discretion of the Shaw JCC executive director to close or cancel school for other reasons. The decision to close will be made as early as possible. News of closing will be disseminated several ways:


  • Radio and TV: Closing information will be provided to major radio and television stations in the Akron area including WAKR, WONE, WQMX, NewsNet5, WKYC-TV and Fox 8 Cleveland.
  • On the Web: Closing information will be posted on 
  • E-mail: A message will be sent to members and parents via eBlast.
  • Text messaging: Alerts will be sent via our text messaging system. Please opt-in by texting @mandelece to the number 81010 to receive all the latest updates.
  • Social media via our Facebook page at Shaw JCC of Akron

  • Mandel ECE Director

    Have questions? Need information? Want to take a tour? Contact Kim Garra for more information on The Lisa and Thom Mandel Early Childhood Center at the Shaw JCC.

    330-835-0044 or email