Weather Related School Closings or Delays
Our core values include being student-centered. The safety of all students and of our staff is our top priority when decisions are made about whether schools should be closed, delayed or dismissed early because of inclement, severe or winter weather.
When bad weather targets our area, WS/FCS Operations joins local public safety officials in monitoring the weather and its potential impact on the community. We must be prepared should extreme natural events pose a threat to student and staff safety.
As with any inclement weather situation, we encourage parents and staff to watch local media, answer and listen to all phone calls and messages sent by the district, and keep checking our website for any closing, delay, or cancellation information.
Individual schools will contact parents directly about any changes to school field trips, extracurricular activities, and athletic events or activities, but if the district is closed, then all trips are cancelled. School closings or cancellations will be announced by the district and posted on the district website, social media pages, and the district mobile app as soon as any decision is made. We will also first make district phone calls and then send out a notice to all local media outlets.
How do I find out if school is closed or being moved to remote learning?
The school system tries to make the decision to close or delay school as early as possible to make planning easier for families. As soon as the decision is made, the school system will let families and employees know:
- by an automated phone call (make sure your contact info is up-to-date in PowerSchool)
- on our Website, wsfcs.k12.nc.us
- on our television station, Cable 2 (seen on Spectrum's channel 2 or via the link on the WS/FCS Cable 2 webpage)
- on our Twitter feed, www.twitter.com/wsfcs
- on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wsfcsofficial/
- on our Instagram site, www.instagram.com/wsfc_schools/
- Via mobile alert using the WS/FCS Mobile App which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play
- Local television stations and the Winston-Salem Journal.
When is school closed due to weather?
With that in mind, here is what you should know about WS/FCS winter and severe weather decisions:
What’s considered when deciding to delay, close, or cancel events?
When schools are closed are all other events canceled?
What’s considered when deciding to dismiss school early?
Where can families look for emergency preparedness tips to plan for storms?
The website will also be updated to show any cancellations of afterschool or weekend activities. Look for the "Pop-Up Alerts" when you visit the website for those updates or your check the individual school pages.
Did you know?
WS/FCS has missed an average of just under 4 days a year because of bad weather each year since 1963. The most days missed was 12 in 1995-96.
Take a look at this chart, it has a list of all days missed because of bad weather since the city and county school systems merged in 1963.