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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:

    ONE HOUR DELAYED OPENING

    Students:

    All students except afternoon pre-K programs (Early Childhood Special Education and Preschoolers Learning Together) report to school one hour later than regular opening time.

    Staff:

    Emergency personnel report at regular time.

    Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and school security officers report as soon as possible but no later than 20 minutes before the announced opening of school. All other staff report at regular time. Bus drivers/monitors report one hour later than regularly.


    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 dismissed one hour later than usual. Afternoon pre-K reports one hour later than regular opening time and is dismissed at the regular time.

    Staff:

    Emergency personnel report at regular time.

    Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and school security officers report as soon as possible but no later than 20 minutes before the announced opening of school. All other staff report at regular time. Bus drivers/bus monitors report two hours later than regular time.


    ONE and TWO HOUR EARLY CLOSING

    Students:

    All schools will be dismissed one or 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:

    Emergency 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 one or 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 emergency 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.

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

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