Emergency School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals

Emergency School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals

Families Need to Plan Ahead
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.
When a decision is made to alter the schedule of Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions or other emergencies, detailed information will be provided in the following places:

  • FASTEST WAY to GET UPDATES:  Use the SPS Facebook Page … www.facebook.com/SuffolkVAPublicSchools/
  • Television stations … WVEC-13, WAVY-10, WTKR-3 … and their websites
  • 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 …www.spsk12.net
  • SPS Facebook … www.facebook.com/SuffolkVAPublicSchools/
  • A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750

Stay Informed about Weather and Changing Events
The time to prepare is now! Help us keep you informed of regular news and changing events by following our social media channels. Sites are updated regularly, especially when events are rapidly changing. Stay tuned!

Take Steps to Be Ready for the Winter Storm Watch
With winter storms predicted, please take these steps now to be prepared.
1) Update your students about where to go when they get off the bus, should schools close early.
2) Remember, when schools are opening under a 1- or 2-hour delay, bus pickups begin 1 or 2 hours later than normal. With incredibly cold temperatures, please prepare students by dressing them in layers with hats and gloves.
3) Early dismissals, delays and school closings can affect before- and after-school care programs. Check with your provider now to learn about their winter weather plans. Note: No breakfast is served on days with delayed openings.
4) Make sure we know how you’d prefer to receive updates. Click the link below to confirm your phone numbers and emails are up to date.  School Messenger

For more information on closings and delays, click here.