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.
Information for Staff
Fastest Ways to Find Out About School Schedule Changes
- Call the School Schedule Hotline: 434-296-5886
- Receive an alert from the Electronic School Notification System: Enroll now »
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.
School Board Policy GCQC, Coverage 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.
Local Media Outlets
School schedule changes are broadcast on several local radio and television stations, as well as local media websites.
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?
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.