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Severe Weather and Emergency Closings Procedures

When severe weather or emergencies impact Cincinnati Public Schools, an alert banner will be display on this website.

  • For severe weather, an ORANGE banner is displayed, announcing whether schools are closed or delayed. 
  • For an emergency, a RED banner is displayed with the appropriate information and plan of action.

Information on school closings or delays also is available via:

  • Automated phone calls from CPS to all parents/guardians who are in CPS' database.
  • CPS’ mobile app, which sends information to a Smartphone or tablet.
  • Local TV and radio stations (live and on stations’ websites)

Severe-Weather Procedure Details for Parents and Students (updated Dec. 15, 2014)

Severe-Weather Procedure - Staff  (updated Feb. 23, 2015)

Schools Are Closed or Delayed Only When Necessary

“Snow days” (no-school days) are inconvenient for many parents, so the superintendent closes or delays schools only when absolutely necessary. 

The superintendent and her team aim to make decisions about school closings or delays prior to 5 a.m. so this website and the news media can relay the information to parents in time for child-care decisions to be made.

Some of the resources used in the decision-making process include:

  • Accuweather forecast, National Weather Service forecast and local weather forecast (TV stations)
  • City of Cincinnati's Highway Maintenance Department
  • Metro bus & taxi dispatchers
  • Yellow bus company's recommendation

Two-Hour Delay (applies to elementary schools only)

Frequently Asked Questions  (2014-15) about CPS' Two-hour Delay Procedure

The following policy also applies to parochial and private-school children who rely on CPS for yellow-bus transportation.

Elementary Schools:

  • Yellow buses (which transport elementary school students only) will pick up students at morning bus stops two hours later than normal.
  • Students who are driven to school by parents should try to arrive at schools as near to normal times as possible. Walkers should arrive as near to normal times as possible, weather conditions permitting. School staff will be in the buildings at regularly scheduled start times to supervise students. No new material will be covered; teachers will use this opportunity for review and enrichment.
  • No preschool bus service will be available.
  • Afternoon dismissal will occur at each elementary school's normal time.

High Schools:

  • High school students ride Metro buses (public transportation) to and from schools. Metro bus schedules cannot be adjusted to accommodate a CPS’ two-hour delay, so two-hour delays do not apply to high schools. High schools will open at the normal times during two-hour delays. Metro buses will run as close to normal schedules as weather and road conditions permit.
  • Afternoon dismissal will occur at each high school's normal time.

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