Inclement Weather

School Closings, Delays, and Early Dismissals

Schools may close for the day, open late, or dismiss early if bad weather or an emergency makes it unsafe to get to and from school. Individual schools may also close if they have heating, cooling, electrical, or other maintenance problemsFull-day closings and delayed openings are announced as close to 5:00 a.m. as possible. Early dismissals are announced as soon as the decision is made.

Stay Informed

How virtual learning occurs during inclement weather days

Day 1-3

Day 4-8

The first three days that schools close in a school year due to inclement weather, students will not receive virtual learning.

The 4th through 8th inclement weather day will occur with virtual learning.

For the 2023-24 school year, if inclement weather requires the district to close, City Schools will first implement three traditional snow days -- meaning schools are closed for students and staff. 

These days will be made up in June, as noted on the 2023-24 school calendar. City Schools will pivot to a virtual learning day for the fourth inclement weather day and beyond.

We will provide updates on the number of inclement weather days and what steps you should take. Check our website homepage and social media regularly, as well as your email and robocalls for details. 

More information for staff members

Essential personnel

When the district closes or delays opening, these employees who are considered directly responsible for the safe opening or closing of schools (including charter and contract schools) must report as scheduled. They include the following:

  • Principals

  • Area facility managers

  • Region techs and lead techs

  • Building engineers

  • Pest control staff

  • Contract maintenance staff

  • Custodial staff

  • Grounds and repair shop personnel

  • Transportation administrative staff

  • Facilities administrative staff

  • Mechanical services staff

  • School police

  • Cabinet officers ("chiefs")

  • Any other employee who was notified of her or his essential designation earlier in the school year

All other personnel are considered non-essential.  

School closures vs. district office closures

The decision to close, dismiss early, or delay opening may be different for schools than for the district office. Staff should check announcements and their City Schools email carefully for reporting information.

Liberal leave

When liberal leave is announced as being in effect, employees can use accumulated vacation leave, personal leave, or compensatory time, without making the normal, advance-notice request of their supervisor. Department heads may grant time without pay to an employee who has no paid leave available for use.