Emergencies

  • Emergency Guidelines for Parents and Guardians: English | Español (PDF)

    School closing announcements, due to inclement weather, are publicized in the following ways:

    In the case of other emergencies, information will be announced as early as possible. Parents should make arrangements for the care of their children.

    When schools close early or for the entire day, all after-school activities and athletic events are canceled for the day.

    THE OPENING OR CLOSING OF THE FEDERAL OR ALEXANDRIA CITY GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CAUSE THE OPENING OR CLOSING OF SCHOOLS.

    The ACPS Office of Communications coordinates all emergency communication. During an emergency situation, Communications serves as the liaison between the schools and the public/media.


    Emergency Closure/Delay Procedures:

     

    TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

    Students:

    Kindergarten through grade 12 and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students report two hours later than regular opening time.

    Morning pre-K programs (Early Childhood Special Education and Preschoolers Learning Together) report two hours later than regular opening time, and dismiss one hour later than usual. Afternoon pre-K reports one hour later than regular opening time and is dismissed at the regular time.

    Staff:

    All non-essential personnel should report two hours later than their regular time.

    Essential personnel report at regular time.


    TWO HOUR EARLY CLOSING

    Students:

    All schools will be dismissed two hours early as announced. No make-up classes are required for early closings.

    Morning pre-school will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. Afternoon pre-school is canceled, however make-up classes may be required.

    Staff:

    Essential personnel will work a regular day.

    Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and school security officers may be released at the principal's discretion after students have been dismissed and buses have departed. All other day staff are expected to work a regular day. Night personnel must report at regular time or take leave with supervisor's approval (unless otherwise instructed). Bus drivers/bus monitors report two hours earlier than regular time for afternoon runs.


    SCHOOLS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSED

    All activities in schools or on school grounds are canceled.

    All essential personnel, including building engineers, custodians, maintenance shop employees and security staff must still report.


    SCHOOLS CLOSED, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OPEN

    All activities in schools or on school grounds are canceled.

    Essential personnel should report for duty. All 12-month employees should report to work, however liberal leave is in effect.