Preparing for Inclement Weather

Snowy weather
  • Published November 29, 2022

    The temperatures have started to drop, so the district wants to remind students, families and staff about the inclement weather protocol.

    Should the district and schools need to close, families and staff will receive a phone call, text message and email using the contact information on file. In addition, the information will be posted on the WCS website, the WCS mobile app, Facebook page and Twitter feed as well as through traditional news media outlets. The district aims to reach out by 9 p.m. if schools will be canceled the next day, but that may not always be possible.

    "We try to make decisions as early as we can, but that isn't always an option," said WCS Superintendent Jason Golden. "If the decision to close school is made overnight, parents and staff can expect a phone call early in the morning. We will begin calling homes as early as 5 a.m."

    However, all WCS schools will be closed on inclement weather days, and no remote learning will be offered. There is a State process for limited availability for remote learning days based on health issues.

    "When making these decisions, we look at the district as a whole," Golden said. "If we must close schools for weather, all school campuses and our online school will be closed."

    In Middle Tennessee, any type of inclement weather, including snow, ice and flooding, may cause schools to close. Since Williamson County is large with many rural roads, hazardous conditions in one part of the county may close the entire district.

    When schools are closed, events are automatically canceled. However, if conditions improve throughout the day, the superintendent may make the decision to hold an event at the high school level.

    The School Age Child Care (SACC) program will communicate plans with families who use extended care at their elementary school. Should the school system close due to inclement weather, College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) childcare is also closed.

    The district has 10 inclement weather days built into the 2022-23 school calendar to use if needed. Any additional missed days must be rescheduled.