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School Closing Procedures

 The safety of our students and staff is the primary concern of Isle of Wight County Schools when making decisions about closing or delaying the opening of schools. The following information is designed to assist parents in preparing for the possibility of school closures or delays.

How is the decision made?

A team of school employees monitors weather reports and inspect roads, school parking lots, and sidewalks throughout the county to determine their safety for our school buses, students, and staff.
If it appears that roads will not be cleared and safe for our buses after early morning, schools will be closed.
If it appears that roads will be cleared and safe for our school buses after early morning, schools will be delayed by 2 hours. This also means students will be picked up at their normal bus stops 2 hours later than normal. Schools will not be open for student drop-off until 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time.

How do I find out if schools are closed/closing?

School Closings/Delays
If possible, announcements to close/delay schools will be made no later that 10 p.m. the night before the closing/delay. If there is a question or if snow or ice falls during the night, the announcement will be made on or before 6 a.m. on the mornings schools will be closed or delayed. If no school closing announcement is made by 6 a.m., schools WILL be open.

  • The division will contact all parents and staff via Connect 5, the division’s emergency notification system, beginning at 6 a.m.
  • School closing and delays are posted on this website and the IWCS twitter page as soon as the decision has been made.
  • A recorded message will be left on the recording line, 357-8820. (Please do not call the school offices or the superintendent’s office as this could interfere with phone services needed in an emergency.)
  • Every effort will be made to post emergency closing information for Isle of Wight County Schools through local television, radio and newspaper sources, including:
    • www.dailypress.com
    • www.pilotonline.com
    • WTKR Channel 3
    • WAVY Channel 10
    • WVEC Channel 13
  • However, the school division cannot guarantee the broadcast or accuracy of closure announcements on these sources.

Early Dismissals
Students are not typically released early unless there is reason to believe it is necessary to avoid potentially unsafe situations, such as an approaching ice storm or power outages. Students will not be sent out of a safe building into bad weather.

  • The division will contact all parents and staff via Alert Now the moment a decision to dismiss students early is made, or students are held beyond dismissal due to safety concerns.
  • Information will be posted on this web site.
  • Local television and radio stations will be contacted.
  • Parents are encouraged to prepare an after school plan in the event schools are dismissed early.

The streets seem fine where I live. Why are schools closed?

The decision to close or delay schools because of weather is always for the entire division. Isle of Wight County Schools serves students throughout a widespread geographical area, 315 square miles. The weather and temperature can be very different from one end of the county to another. Even so, many operations within the division are interconnected. Partial closings would be not only operationally inefficient, but divisive and counter to the division’s goals of equity.

How do school closings/delays after other programs and activities?

In the event Isle of Wight County Schools are closed or dismiss early due to weather, all school and community activities are cancelled, including athletic practices and events. In the event of a delay or early dismissal, child care programs within the schools will operate under normal hours.

Delayed Opening:

  • Bus Routes (including full-day regional programs) will operate 2 hours later than normal
  • No breakfast will be served; lunch will be served
  • Schools will not be open for student drop-off until 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time (students enrolled in on-site before school care should check with the host agency for inclement weather operating schedules)
  • Field trips during the school day will be cancelled
  • There will be no transportation to AM Pruden classes
  • Transportation to PM Pruden and Governor’s Schools will occur, provided the host schools are open
  • If a delay occurs on a normally scheduled early release day, the early release will be cancelled and schools will dismiss at their regular times. Lunch will be served at all schools.


  • All school activities scheduled for that day are cancelled
  • There will be no transportation for students enrolled in regional programs
  • 10-month and 11-month personnel shall not report unless notified that a teacher workday is scheduled (in such event, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and bus aides shall not report to work)
  • 12-month personnel shallreport to work unless notified that all offices are closed.
  • In the event that 12-month employees and essential employees are required to work but an individual can not to report to work, he or she must notify the appropriate supervisor. Accrued personal or annual leave must be used in this situation.

School is closed today. Will students have to make-up this day?

State law requires that school calendars provide for 180 school days or 990 instructional hours. Several factors will influence whether a school day will be made up, such as the time of year the closing takes place. Decisions regarding make-up days will be communicated to parents in the same manner as school closings as soon as the decisions are made.