|Inclement Weather Guidelines|
Decisions regarding inclement weather are not easy. Everyone’s safety is always our number one priority. The following inclement weather guidelines are in effect for all Roanoke City Public Schools’ (RCPS) employees for the 2014-15 school year:
Weather announcements: Please tune to your local radio and television stations for the announcement. The announcement will also be posted on the Division's website (www.rcps.info), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools), and Twitter (twitter.com/RoanokeSchools) and on the Inclement Weather Hotline at 853-2006.
School closings: If schools are closed for the day because of inclement weather, an announcement will be made and school-based employees do not report for work. Every effort will be made to make the announcement by
5:30 a.m. Employees in Maintenance and Building Operations and those located at Central Office report for work and arrive as soon as possible depending on safe travel conditions.
Important Note: The Administration reserves the right to have teachers work with students after school in preparation for standardized tests when there has been an excessive number of closings due to inclement weather.
Delayed openings: If a decision is made to open schools late, the announcement will be made by 6:00 a.m. Again, tune to your local radio and television stations and be alert to changing weather conditions that may require a closing announcement after 6:00 a.m. If a decision is made to delay opening because of inclement weather, school employees are to report to work two hours after their normally scheduled time. Only those employees who are required to maintain essential or emergency services (including Central Office staff) will report to work on time and/or arrive as soon as possible depending on safe travel conditions.
Important note: Principals are responsible for making arrangements for minimal coverage to receive children who may be dropped off early by their parents/guardians.
Early closings: If a decision is made to close schools early because of inclement weather, all school-based personnel may leave 30 minutes after students depart. All principals are to wait until they receive the “All Clear” from Transportation before they leave the building. Announcement of an early closing will be made by telephone to schools by the Office for Teaching and Learning and to the media by the Community Relations Department. Twelve-month employees and non-school-based personnel should remain at their work site for the normal work day unless specific instructions are provided from my office concerning an earlier dismissal time.
Early Closings (due to weather) - All schools will be called by the Office for Teaching and Learning and an email will be sent. Rapid Notification to parents will be addressed by Community Relations.