Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

Inclement Weather Decisions in the 2020-21 School Year

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) approaches inclement weather decisions with the safety of our students, staff, and other members of our community as our primary concern. We consider information from several sources to help us reach each decision, including:

  • Road conditions for bus travel and student and staff drivers;
  • Weather forecasts; and
  • Assessments by law enforcement, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and other localities.

With a geographical area of nearly 750 square miles, Albemarle County’s large size and mixture of rural and urban settings creates a unique challenge for the school division in determining school closings, delays, and early dismissals. Our buses travel roads ranging from multi-lane highways to narrow dirt roads crossing mountains and one-lane bridges. Often roads in the urban ring around Charlottesville may be clear while those in more rural areas may be inaccessible for a longer period of time following a storm.

Schedule Options

During the 2020-21 school year, due to the variety of environments in which our students are learning, ACPS will consider the following division-wide options when bad weather becomes a factor in the school schedule:

Please note: ACPS will consider individual school closures in response to loss of power.

Decision & Communication Timelines

Each inclement weather event is unique. When ACPS is facing adverse weather conditions, we strive to make and communicate decisions that impact the school schedule as early as possible to allow families and staff to prepare for the disruption to their schedules.

Information for Staff

Fastest Ways to Find Out About School Schedule Changes
Emergency Personnel

All Building Services employees and custodians not assigned to Building Services are "emergency personnel" and are expected to report to work, regardless of weather.

Professional Development Classes

All professional development classes are automatically canceled if school is closed or dismisses early due to inclement weather. At that point, the instructor is responsible for working with participants to make up the instructional time at a later date.

Policy Reference

School Board Policy GCQCCoverage of Schools Due to Weather and/or Emergency

Find Out About School Schedule Changes

Families and other community members can learn the division’s school schedule status during inclement weather in several ways:

School Schedule Hotline

Community members may call 434-296-5886 to listen to a prerecorded message about school operations for the day. This recording is updated by 5:30 a.m.

Para español, llame al 434-975-9332.

Electronic Alert: Phone, Email and/or Text

Parents and guardians are provided an opportunity at the start of each school year to enroll in the Electronic School Notification System to receive notifications from the school division by phone (landline or cellular), email and/or text. Parents and guardians may also enroll at any time or change their preferences by contacting their child’s school.

Albemarle County Public Schools website

The division will activate our web alert system to help communicate school schedule changes. The system uses pop-up messages to alert website visitors to important information.

Social Media

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Local Media Outlets

School schedule changes are broadcast on several local radio and television stations, as well as local media websites.

Building Rentals

To find out if our facilities will be available for scheduled building rentals during inclement weather, call the Community Building Usage Hotline at 434-975-9331.

Are You Registered for Community Emergency Alerts?

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The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management recommends that all residents and businesses in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region register for the CodeRED Emergency Alert System.

By registering, residents may receive alerts about critical situations, such as weather warnings and emergency events, and necessary actions. Subscribers can select the type of alerts they would like to receive as well as how they are warned, including phone, text and email.