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Staff Severe Weather Procedure

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.

Remote Work Guidelines

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

This is a custom app called Minibase that is present on the https://www.cps-k12.org/Page/648 page. Please work with your Implementation Consultant or join a Best Practice Workshop on how to add the content using Composer best practices.

Please note, adjustments to the chart above may occur on a case-by-case basis. Please follow district guidance for each occurrence for a delay or closure. 

Safe school grounds are important during inclement weather events. Therefore, CPS Facility Supervisors will review the school grounds prior to the school day to ensure a safe environment is being provided.

Download: CPS Severe Weather Delay and Closure Staff Procedures November 2022