When Loudoun County Public Schools experiences
inclement weather conditions, the safety of our students and staff is the most
The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent,
or designee, will determine when schools and administrative offices observe a delayed
opening, closing or early release in emergency situations, based upon the
recommendation from the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services.
The Assistant Superintendent for Support Services will
obtain information from the LCPS Directors of Transportation and Facilities
Services, as well as staff from the LCPS Division of Safety and Security, local
utility companies and other appropriate sources, prior to making a
recommendation for delayed opening, closing or early release of schools. A
decision will be made as early as possible in order to ensure the safety of
LCPS students and staff while providing timely notification to parents and
How are school cancellations communicated?
County Public Schools utilizes the BlackboardConnect messaging system to
personally communicate with parents about weather-related cancellations and
delays. Since BlackboardConnect also is used to notify parents of emergency
situations involving their student, parents cannot completely opt out of this
The ParentVUE system allows
parents to opt out of receiving weather-related alerts. If parents do not want
to hear weather-related alerts, they should log into their ParentVUE account. For
each child you have enrolled in the system, go to the student information
portion of ParentVUE and click “edit information.” Scroll down on the page until you reach
Weather Opt Out and select “Yes.” Save your changes.
Weather-related closing and delay
messages are sent district-wide. Messages are sent early in the morning (6
a.m.) or at night (prior to 10 p.m.) notifying parents that schools will be
closed or operating on a delay due to inclement weather.
Information will be
posted on the LCPS website, www.lcps.org, and
on the school division’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
also may sign up for the Loudoun Alert 2.0 system offered by Loudoun Government
(www.loudoun.gov/alert). See additional information below.
Loudoun County Public Schools will
continue to use the traditional methods of radio and TV in addition to our
website, phone, e-mail and social media capabilities. When
conditions require school closings or early dismissal of students,
announcements will be given to the following radio and TV stations:
103.5 FM/1500 AM WRC TV 4
92.5 FM WTTG TV 5
630 AM WJLA TV 7
107.3 WUSA TV 9
Loudoun Alert 2.0
Register with Loudoun Alert 2.0 to
receive up-to-the-minute information regarding school closings, delays, early
dismissals and special circumstances via automatic email updates. Alert Loudoun system gives subscribers
the ability to customize how they receive information – by text, email,
cellphone and/or mobile app.
To unsubscribe, go to Loudoun Alert and
log in using your email and password. On
the devices page, use the edit/delete
function to update your subscription.
What if bad weather
arrives when children are in school?
If severe weather strikes while students are in school, a
decision to close school for the remainder of the day may be made. Activating the transportation system due to
inclement weather takes time. Parents
will be notified of closing details via BlackboardConnect.
What if a delay changes to a closure?
In the event of a delayed opening being changed to a closure,
parents will be notified via BlackboardConnect.
This information will be on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and
on Radio/TV stations.
Will all after-school activities for students be canceled if school is closed?
All after-school activities requiring school bus
transportation are canceled. Other
school activities not requiring transportation service are at the discretion of
the school principal. Please check the district
website or your school’s website for specific information.
Adult Education classes may also be canceled. Instructors
will inform students about make-up dates.
What can parents do to help their students and
- Contact your childcare facility, if necessary, to find out
what their procedures are for inclement weather.
- Review the information you have listed as emergency contacts
in ParentVUE and make sure that the numbers are updated.
- Make plans ahead of time and communicate them with your
children so they understand what to expect during an early school dismissal due
to inclement weather.
- Understand that school closings are for the safety of
children throughout the district. While
the condition of your neighborhood streets may be fine, other areas of the
district may be experiencing harsher weather.