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Severe Weather Procedures

At Cincinnati Public Schools, we want to make sure our students and staff are safe when severe weather or extreme temperatures occur, while maximizing students' time in class.

CPS may close for snow, or for extreme cold or hot temperatures.

When severe weather is predicted, parents should check the CPS website or local television or radio stations, for announcements about school closings or delays.

CPS rarely will dismiss schools early, but it does happen occasionally. Please make sure your child's school office has correct emergency contact information.

We know that start delays and no-school days for snow or extreme temperatures represent an inconvenience to parents, so we do our best to declare them only when necessary.

Schools Closed 

  • Decisions to close schools are made only after analyzing much data and consulting various authorities.
  • After reviewing all information available, the superintendent consults with senior staff, bus company operators and City of Cincinnati road maintenance authorities, and makes a decision as soon as possible (usually by 5 a.m.).

Two-Hour Delay

  • Grades K-8 Yellow buses will pick up students at morning bus stops two hours later than normal.
  • No preschool bus service will be available.
  • Safety- Even with a two-hour delay, some families may not feel comfortable driving their child or having their child walk to school. This is a household decision and parents/caregivers should have students arrive when it is safe to do so.
  • High school students who ride Metro buses (public transportation) to and from schools. Metro bus schedules cannot be adjusted to accommodate CPS' two-hour delay and will run as close to normal schedules as weather and road conditions permit. Check Metro Route times.
  • Afternoon dismissal will occur at each school's normal time.