Severe Weather Procedure — Staff Information

  • Cincinnati Public Schools' severe weather procedure aims to keep our students and staff safe while maximizing students' instructional time. All supervisors should communicate with their staff about plans to respond to these procedures. All employees are expected to know the severe weather procedure as it applies to them and to contact their supervisors with questions.

    • CPS' severe weather procedure allows the Superintendent two (2) options:
      • Close schools - all school buildings and offices close due to snow and/or ice and/or cold
      • 2-Hour delays - to allow time for conditions to improve, delay arrival for car riders and walkers, and delay picking up yellow-bus riders by two hours 
    • After-school day-care programs operated by private organizations cannot be cancelled by principals.
    • CPS will rarely dismiss schools early; if this occurs, staff should be prepared to contact parents.

    Telework Protocol

    • Central Office Staff, Administrators, Principals and Assistant Principals may work from home when schools are closed due to snow/ice if their telework request form is submitted and approved in advance by their supervisor.
    • Download Form (complete form and submit to your direct supervisor for approval): CPS Telework Form - 2023

    Note: If an employee is scheduled to work and does not report, the employee must take personal or annual leave (if applicable) to be paid. Employees may use sick time if they or their family members are sick. If the City of Cincinnati and/or Hamilton County declare a Level 3 Snow Emergency, all employees should stay home. (Level 3 = most severe level in the weather-alert system). If an employee's county of residence declares a Level 3 Snow Emergency, the employee should stay home.

Impacted Group All Schools 2-Hour Delay All Schools Closed - Snow/Ice All Schools Closed - Cold
Teachers/CFT/Parapros/Asst. School Com. Coord./LPNs/Sign Language Interpreters/Student Services Asst. Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No Yes - Regular Time
Central Office Administrators/Principals/APs Yes - Delayed by 2 hours Yes - Telework Protocol Yes - Regular Time
Building Engineers/Custodial/Exterminators/Couriers/Truck Drivers/Maintenance Yes - Regular Time Yes - Regular Time Yes - Regular Time
Clerical (CFOP) Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No Yes - Regular Time
Lunchroom Workers/Security Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No Yes - Regular Time
Community Recourse & School Com. Coordinator Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No Yes - Regular Time
Substitute Employees - Long term Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No Yes - Regular Time
Substitute Employees - Short term (daily) Yes - Delayed by 2 hours No No