School Closings and Delays

  • Image of Emergency closure brochure depicting snow on the roads, a map of Fauquier County and WMS school signEmergency Closures Brochure


    School Closings

    In response to severe weather or other emergency situations, school officials may find it necessary to close school, to delay the opening of school or to dismiss students early.  

    Please note that decisions concerning school closings are based on conditions across all of Fauquier County. While conditions may appear safe in one area, conditions may not be safe in another area of the county. Decisions about school closings, delayed openings or early dismissals are based on the best available information concerning conditions throughout Fauquier County.

    Please consult the website and area media outlets for the latest information on school closings and early dismissals. Parents and students are urged not to call schools, administrative offices or radio stations as it is essential that these telephone lines be kept open for communication to schools and media outlets.

    No announcements will be made when schools are open and operating on a normal schedule.


    How Will the Public Be Notified?

    In addition to the radio and television stations listed below, parents and students may obtain information about school closings and delays from the following:

    1. Automated phone calls, emails, text/sms messages to parents and staff via Blackboard Mass Notify.
    2. School division's website at
    3. Text message:  Receive Tweets or a text message on your phone by texting "follow fcps1Alerts" to 40404 without subscribing to Twitter or if you already have a Twitter account, follow @fcps1Alerts. (If you would like to STOP receiving these messages, simply reply STOP or send a text message of STOP to 40404.)
    4. Call 422-7250 for a recorded message regarding emergencies and closings in English and Spanish.

    Radio Stations
    WCVA (1490 AM/103.1 FM)
    WFLS (1350 AM/93.3 FM)
    WFTR (1450 AM/95.3 FM)
    WINC (92.5 AM/104.9 FM)
    WTOP (820 AM/103.5 FM)

    Television Stations
    WRC-TV (CH 4)
    WTTG-TV (CH 5)
    WJLA-TV (CH 7)
    FOX (CH 8)
    WUSA-TV (CH 9)

    Emergency Closing Make-Up Dates

    Makeup days for school year 2017-2018 are as follows. 

    Day 1:  February 19

    Day 2:  March 14 (If this parent-teacher conference day is used as a makeup day, then parent-teacher conferences would be individually arranged with parents at later times as needed.)

    Day 3:  May 30 (built-in)

    Day 4:  May 31 (built-in) If May 30 and 31 are not needed as makeup days, the school year would likely end earlier than the calendar indicates. 

    Day 5 - Day 10:  Banked hours will be used. Banked hours are hours of instruction beyond the state's minimum requirement and do not have to be made up.


    What If School Closes During the Day?

    In the event that severe weather conditions occur after school opens in the morning or conditions deteriorate during the day, it is possible that students may be sent home early. On rare occasions, an individual school may also need to be closed for emergency reasons, such as a power outage.

    Early school closings and dismissal times will be posted on the school division's website and sent to area radio and television outlets as soon as a decision is made. The information will also be communicated via the school division's automated phone system, Twitter, email and text messaging.