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.
You 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", including:
School-based staff essential personnel include: