Fire Watch

August 10, 2022

 Dear OHP Students and Families,

 We are so excited to start a new school year with you and are thankful to be a part of your career journey. Our building construction project is in the final stages, and we look forward to welcoming our students to campus. Included in this letter are important pieces of information regarding our fire watch protocol and calamity days as we kick off the new school year.

 Ohio Hi-Point has put into place a fire watch protocol for the foreseeable future due to the new fire suppression system not being operational. Our original high school building was 40 years old, and the building construction project allowed us to enhance our safety features to better protect students and staff. Part of these upgrades included a new fire suppression system to support OHP’s fire alarm system. We’ve run into a few delays with the fire suppression system, and therefore will be following a fire watch protocol until the system is fully operational. 

 Working with local and state officials, the fire watch protocol consists of trained individuals performing hourly walk-throughs of the building. This extra level of safety is in addition to our fire alarm system and school cameras. Once the fire suppression system is fully operational, we will discontinue the fire watch protocol. 

 We thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we navigate through this exciting – and, we know, sometimes frustrating – process. Due to delaying the start of school and trying to avoid adding make-up days to the end of the school year, in order to meet the number of school hours required by law, the administrative team has decided that if OHP cancels school for any reason, it will automatically be a blended/virtual learning day. This will only affect full cancellation days and not two-hour delays. 

 As we prepare the building and classrooms for students, we will continue to strive to provide top-notch career and academic education to our students in a safe and engaging learning environment. We look forward to seeing our new, first-year students on August 22 and returning students on August 23. 


Dr. Rick Smith