JCPS Winter Weather Procedures
Many considerations come into play when the district makes changes to the regular school schedule or implements bus snow routes due to inclement weather. Because the safety and well-being of our students and employees is our top priority, we will consider canceling school, delaying school start time, dismissing school early, and/or we will utilize snow routes if conditions are determined to be too risky after roads have been tested and weather forecasts are analyzed. School bus snow route information can be found here.Stay Informed
We are sensitive to the demands associated with making a change to the school day and the challenges it places upon families. With this in mind, we will try our best to make decisions as early as possible and we appreciate your cooperation in the safety and well being of our students and staff.2-Hour Late StartThe option of a 2-Hour Late Start amidst inclement weather was added in the 2015-16 school year. Here's the updated Frequently Asked Questions about that procedure.Wonder when your child's school would start, should we utilize this late start option? Here you go:
- Calls, emails and text messages are sent to parents and staff members via the district's mass notification system (SchoolMessenger) when there is a weather cancellation or delay. Details about that system are here. Contact your child’s school if you need to update your contact information.
- Emails are also sent to those in the community subscribed to the JCPS Communicator, our weekly e-newsletter. Check out details here to subscribe.
- Check the District's website homepage.
- “Like” the District’s Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter @JCPSTweets.
- Tune in to the local media outlets (TV and radio).
Normal Start Time 2-Hour Late Start Time Schools 7:50am 9:50am Simonsen, JCHS, NCC, JCAC 8:00am 10:00am Callaway Hills, North, LCMS, TJMS 8:15am 10:15am Moreau Heights, Pioneer Trail 8:30am 10:30am East, South, Thorpe Gordon, West, SWECC 8:50am 10:50am SWECC ECSE 9:00am 11:00am Belair, Cedar Hill, Lawson
Decision Making Process
- When inclement weather is in the forecast, administrators will begin tracking the storm via TV and online weather reports.
- Administrators will maintain close contact with county and city road crews.
- If the storm is coming in the early morning hours, our Director of Transportation and his colleagues at First Student Transportation (our contracted bus company) will begin driving key roads. Typically these roads will be on the west and southwest end of the county/city, as well as several areas in Callaway County. It is not unusual for our people to be out on those roads at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning.
- Depending on what time of day the storm looks to hit our area, administrators will consult with other school districts in the line of the storm to gauge the intensity of the storm and to get their opinions on how to best deal with the situation.
- Ultimately, the Director of Transportation will contact the Superintendent and make his recommendation. The Superintendent will then make his decision.
- When that decision is made, the JCPS Communications Department will begin “putting the word out” via the channels noted above.