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A message about potential winter weather

This message is to inform you that we could possibly have winter weather in our area as early as tomorrow morning. Our team has been reviewing the latest models from the National Weather Service and will continue to do so. 

 

Please know that our highest priority is the safety of students, staff and families. The ability of buses, staff members, student-drivers, and families to travel safely is a significant factor in the decision to delay or close schools. Particularly in instances of snow and ice, the condition of sidewalks, school walkways, parking lots, neighborhood streets, local roadways, major thoroughfares, and interstate highways are also taken into consideration. We have crews that monitor the roadways and our schools to support us with the most informed decision. 

 

In the event of inclement weather, the district will designate a school day as one of the following: 

2-hour delay 

  • When a Two-Hour Delay is issued, all district schools will open their facilities two hours later than normal.  Staff will report two hours later than their traditional arrival time.  The Central Office will open at 10:00 AM.

  • Buses will begin routes two hours later than usual, and regular classes/instruction will commence two hours later than normal.

 

***If we do have a 2 hour delay on November 15th, we will postpone the pre ACT at Asheville High/SILSA. The holiday meal at each school will go on as planned. 

 

Optional Teacher Work Day (OTWD) for Inclement Weather

Optional Teacher Work Days will not count as instructional days, and the district will have to make up the missed day.

  • Students will have the day off. 

  • Staff please check your email for a message from Dr. Dickerson about protocol or speak to your immediate supervisor. 

 

Annual Leave (AL) Day

Annual Leave Days will not count as instructional days, and the district will have to make up the missed day.

  • Students will have the day off.

  • Staff please check your email for a message from Dr. Dickerson about protocol or speak to your immediate supervisor. 

 

Cancellation of Extracurricular Activities/Athletics/Events/After School Care

  • When schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, all field trips, athletic events, after-school, and evening activities are canceled and/or postponed to a later date.

  • In rare cases, exceptions (sometimes related to regional or state events/activities/athletics) may be approved by the Superintendent or designee when conditions indicate transportation and facility access can safely occur. These exceptions would be communicated on a case-by-case basis.

  • If school is closed, then after-school care on Asheville City Schools campuses is closed as well. If your student attends an after school program that is not on an ACS campus, please check with them to see if they are closed. 

Community Usage of School Facilities

  • When schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, community usage of school facilities is also canceled and/or postponed to a later date when schools reopen.

It is the goal of the district to make an informed decision in enough time to give our staff and families time to plan accordingly. In the event we have to make this call, please be on the lookout for a phone call, email and text message from Asheville City Schools. You can also monitor our website and social media outlets and tune into our local news outlets: WLOS, WSPA, WYFF, Fox Carolina and News Radio 570.