Emergencies, Delays and Closures
Shelter and Evacuation Guides, Family Preparedness Guides, and Safety Tips
Way #1: Check the DCPS homepage.
Way #2: Sign up to receive email alerts.
Way #3: Follow us on Twitter.
Way #4: Follow us on Facebook.
Way #5: Sign up to receive text messages from:
Ways #6 & #7: Listen to the radio and/or watch TV.
Way #8: Call (202) 442-5885 or dial 311 for DC's Citywide Call Center.
Learning Activities for Snowed In Families
Snow may get in the way of school, but it needn't stop learning.
When children are home from school, set aside time everyday for quiet reading. Also, it's a great opportunity for your children to learn about snow, create their own books, put on plays, or create puppet shows.
Many enriching activities are also available on the web. Children can visit a museum online, see animals in the zoo via the Zoo webcams, and spend time on many educational websites. Learn more »
(Guides provided by DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
We strive to keep DCPS schools open whenever possible.
We are reluctant to close school as it is our priority to ensure that our students have access to all they need, including academic instruction, nutritious meals and healthy extracurricular programming.
When there is inclement weather, we work closely with the DC government and other agencies to obtain the best and most current information. The decision to delay and close schools is made with careful consideration of road safety, sidewalk safety, and meal availability.
The decision to delay or close schools applies to all DCPS schools. This includes DCPS elementary, middle and high schools.
Parents always have the choice to keep their kids at home, pick them up early or send them late – even when DCPS makes the decision to remain open. You are the ultimate decision makers when it comes to your kids!
Teachers follow the school day or student schedule. If students report two hours late, teachers report two hours after their normal required start time.
There are a number of DCPS employees designated as "essential personnel."
Central Office essential personnel include:
- Chiefs and their direct reports essential to operating schools and continuing critical DCPS functions
- Inclement weather team
School-based staff essential personnel include: