How Does SPS Announce Closings & Delays?

How Does SPS Announce Closings & Delays?
Posted on 09/04/2019

When a decision is made to close or delay Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions, or to close a single school for other reasons, detailed information will be provided in the following places:


SPS Facebook Page …

School Messenger … Automated phone calls with a recorded message will begin calling the homes of students and staff. The numbers called are based on the contact information stored in the division’s database. 

SPS Website … 
A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750. 

Television stations …
WVEC-13, WAVY-10, WTKR-3 … and their websites 

Division Mobile App …
Download on mobile device from app store. Select “YES” to receive Push Notifications, allowing your device to receive announcements.

Families Need to Plan Ahead

  With hurricanes and winter weather comes the possibility of school closings, delays and early dismissals.  Please make alternate childcare plans in advance.
  If an early closing of school becomes necessary, students need to know what to do and where to go when they get off the school bus. There may be times that school dismissal will be delayed beyond regular school hours due to extreme weather conditions or for other reasons. The same assortment of communication tools listed above will be used when possible.

Delayed Opening
  Suffolk Public Schools will consider opening schools on a two-hour delay, due to inclement weather, hazardous conditions, power outages, or other emergency situations. Bus pick-ups for all students would begin either one hour or two hours later than normal pick-up times. “Delayed Opening” means that any before-school child care will also open under the same delay.  Elementary student early drop-off would be delayed until 10:30 a.m. Breakfast would not be served on either delayed opening schedule. Lunch would be served. Dismissal time and after-school activities would remain the same unless otherwise noted.

Before- and After-School Childcare Programs
  Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department will announce changes to their schedule independently, since their centers are separate from the school building.
  If you use YMCA childcare at your child's school, please ask the YMCA staff how they will notify you of closing & delay schedule adjustments.

Code 1 / Essential Personnel — Defined Please be reminded on the occasions when the school division is impacted with severe weather, it is necessary that resulting concerns or issues are promptly addressed before the next opening day. Under the “Code 1/Essential Personnel” designation, principals and department heads, and all custodians assigned to that building, are to report to their work locations to ensure there are no concerns to be addressed (such as broken pipes, no heat, other issues).   
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