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When and how ACS determines school closings

When and how ACS determines school closings
Posted on 11/11/2019
Snow PicAs below freezing and wintry temperatures make their way to the Mid-South, it’s time to remind parents and families of the district’s inclement weather policy.

Should ACS make the decision to close schools due to winter or severe weather, parents and guardians of students will be notified via an automated phone call, text and email. The information will also be posted on the district’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as the ACS Mobile App.

How ACS determines school closures

The ACS Weather Team monitors all weather situations closely by relying on local forecasts and the National Weather Service. Additionally, an ACS crew monitors bus routes, local roads, and school property to ensure road conditions are suitable for wide-spread travel. ACS also collaborates with surrounding school districts and municipalities when deciding to cancel or delay school openings.

When ACS notifies families of school closures

If possible, ACS will notify families about school closures or delays the night before by 9 p.m.

If the decision to close school is made overnight, parents and staff can expect to receive a phone call at home early in the morning. While the goal is to notify parents by 5 a.m., there could be instances in which notification is sent after 5 a.m.

The district has inclement weather days built into the 2019-2020 school calendar. Any additional days missed beyond those will be rescheduled.