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  Inclement Weather Closings & Delays Procedures  
2015-16 Closing & Delays Procedures Letter from the Superintendent:
Delayed Opening and School Closing Procedures Letter

(Spanish) El Superintendente anuncia los procedimientos que se seguirán en caso de mal tiempo 
إجراءات إغلاق المدارس وتأخر افتتاحها

Thư về Trường Trì hoãn Mở và các Thủ tục về Trường Đóng cửa  

(Korean)     악천후 휴교등교 지연  조기 하교 안내
Decisions to delay or close schools due to inclement weather are usually made by 5 a.m. the day of the delay or closing.

Where to Find Closing Announcements:
  • On the PWCS Home Page: School closings, delayed openings, or early closing information will be announced on the PWCS home page as soon as decisions are made (Go to, see the top of the page).
    • When viewing the PWCS Web Site be sure to "Refresh" your web browser or in some cases you may need to CLOSE AND REOPEN YOUR BROWSER window if the refresh does not show the closing announcement.
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • On Television Stations, on PWCS-TV, Comcast cable channel 18; Verizon cable channel 36
  • PWCS E-News email and text message notifications
  • MyPWCS mobile app -  Receive notifications about closings on your cell phone. Download the mobile app to your cell phone from the Apple Store or the Google Play store.
Inclement Weather Announcements:

Schools Closed

When schools are "closed on Code Red" (employees do not report to work) or "closed on Code Green" (teachers do not report but 12-month employees do report to work), all school division activities will be cancelled. Also the School Age Care Program will not open.

Two-Hour or One-Hour Delayed Opening
  • All students, teachers, teacher’s aides, bus drivers and bus driver attendants shall report to work on a 2-hour or 1-hour delay.
  • All classified employees, teachers on 12-month contracts, all administrators and all cafeteria workers report at normal times.
  • Note that sometimes a 2-hour delay or 1-hour delay is later changed to a full day school closing; so check for announcements frequently when there is a delayed opening.
  • The SACC program will also be delayed one or two hours.
  • Note that sometimes a 2-hour delay is later changed to a full day school closing; so check for announcements frequently when there is a delayed opening.
Early Closing (One-Hour or Two-Hour Early Dismissal)
  • Teachers and teacher’s aides may be excused early by the principal after students have safely departed the building and grounds.
  • Administrative staff and classified employees, except teacher’s aides, will remain on the normal work schedule unless specifically excused by an announcement from the Superintendent.
  • The SACC program will be closed.
More Information:
  • After-School Activities
    If schools close early or if schools Divisionwide are closed all day due to inclement weather, the after-school student activities, athletic activities, and GED/Adult Ed classes will be
    canceled. However exceptions can be made in some cases and the school activity may be held as planned.

    Check announcements about the status of the SACC program when after school activities are cancelled. SACC program may close early.
  • Usually, no announcements will be made when schools are operating on a normal schedule.
  • Staff Development Activities:

    Staff development activities: If Prince William County Public Schools are closed for the entire day all staff development activities are canceled. If schools close early, staff development activities are canceled and will be rescheduled. If schools open late, activities may be cancelled; contact the department or school sponsoring the activity. Information on cancellation of Saturday staff development activities may be obtained by calling the department or school sponsoring the activity.

  • Also see FAQs for more information.
  Links & Information  
Weather Related FAQs

How Many "Snow Days" Are Left?
After the Friday, March 4 Code Red, we still have 17.8 hours (about 3 days worth), of time remaining before falling below VA requirements for instructional time. Read more.

How Decisions Are Made: 

Decisions are made based on conditions across the county and beyond to create a margin of safety for all travelers from all areas of the county. Conditions that can appear safe in one area may well be very different in another. Decisions take all areas into consideration to protect the safety of all our students and staff. Extensive decision making incorporates field surveys, review of weather forecasts, and coordination with other agencies.

Sign up for PWCS E-NEWS Notifications

School closings and activities announcements due to inclement weather can be sent to you via text messaging or email.

However, it's best to also check the PWCS Web site, TV, or radio announcements as well.


MyPWCS app for mobile devices delivers the information you want, including emergency announcements, news, and inks to lunch menus, school contacts, bus schedules, and lunch payments, to the palm of your hand. Download the latest version from the Google Play Store and the App Store. See instructions for downloading to your device below:

MyPWCS Mobile App




Code Red (Employees do not report to work): Schools are closed and employees shall not report for work.

Certain administrators and classified employees as specifically designated by their supervisor will report at times specified to perform essential duties such as snow removal.

Code Green (Teachers do not report to work): Schools are closed and all 12-month employees and all administrators shall report for work. Annual leave may be requested by those employees unable to report for work (liberal leave).
Staff, teachers on less than 12-month contracts, teacher aides, bus drivers, bus driver attendants, cafeteria workers and other less than 12-month classified employees shall not report for work.



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