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Staff Severe Weather Procedure

Information for CPS Staff During Severe Weather   

Cincinnati Public Schools’ severe weather procedure aims to minimize the loss of instructional time while being mindful of students’ and employees’ safety.

The procedure allows the superintendent two options:

  • Close schools
  • Delay the start of elementary schools for bus riders by two hours to allow time for conditions to improve.


CPS rarely will dismiss schools early; if this occurs, staff should be prepared to contact parents. Each school must develop a coverage plan to ensure students are supervised and safe during an early dismissal or early arrival.

After-school day-care programs operated by private organizations cannot be cancelled by the principal.

If schools are closed due to snow:

  • Administrators, plant operators, maintenance personnel, custodians, truck drivers and warehouse staff at schools and Central Offices report to work.
  • Clerical office personnel at schools and Central Offices do not report to work.

Employees and students shall report to school / work as follows:

Impacted Group

2-hour Delay

2-hour Delay
Snow Closed Cold Closed
Students Yes Yes No No
Teachers/ Parapros Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time
Principals/APs/Central Office Administrators Yes Yes - On Time Yes Yes - On Time
Plant Operators/ Custodial Yes Yes - On Time Yes Yes - On Time
Clerical Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time
Lunchroom Workers/ Security Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time
Community/ Resource Coordinators Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time
Substitute Employees – Long term Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time
Substitute Employees – Short term (daily) Yes Yes - On Time No No
All Other Non-essential Yes Yes - On Time No Yes - On Time


*Metro does not delay bus routes due to inclement weather; high schools do not have 2-hour delays.

If employees are scheduled to work during inclement weather and do not report, they 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 is the most severe level in the weather-alert system.) Essential personnel may be asked to report to work. If an employee’s county of residence declares a Level 3 Snow Emergency, the employee should stay home.

Severe Weather Procedure - Staff  (updated 12-11-17)

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