Every winter, Shelby County Schools works closely with local emergency preparedness officials and the National Weather Service to stay informed of all inclement weather forecasted for the Shelby County area. Forecasts are relied on to aid in decisions about school closings and early dismissals due to inclement weather. Closings and dismissals may be based on both existing weather and predictions.
In every instance of inclement weather, District staff will check conditions on neighborhood streets, bus routes and school property in all SCS communities to determine if it is safe for travel to and from school and student activities. Consideration will also be given to weather conditions that would make it difficult or dangerous to operate schools.
SCS makes every effort to give parents ample notice of school closure decisions. However, since weather is often unpredictable, closure decisions may sometimes be made in the early morning or after the start of a school day.
How will parents be notified of school closings?
In addition to sending phone calls to all parents, SCS will publicize weather-related school closings and early dismissals on Twitter, Facebook, 88.5FM and the District's website, www.scsk12.org.
Decisions on how and when to make up instructional time missed due to inclement weather are made by the Board of Education. To best account for all possible weather-related closings, these decisions are typically made following the winter weather season