Making up missed school days
The calendar includes two inclement weather make-up days. If school is cancelled for bad weather, students will make up days as follows:
First day missed— Make up on Feb. 15; and
Second day missed— Make up on March 29.
Note: GCPS will make up any inclement weather days by using scheduled make-up days, Digital Learning Days, and/or extending the school day or year. Unused inclement weather make-up days will be student holidays.
GCPS schools and facilities may close in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies which present threats to the safety of students, staff, or school property.
The superintendent makes the decision about school closing based on information from public safety officials, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, county officials, and the state Department of Transportation. In addition, when inclement weather is an issue, members of the GCPS Facilities and Operations team head out as early as 3:30 or 4 a.m. to drive around the county and assess road conditions. The school system’s Transportation staff also ensures that buses are operable. (Extreme cold can cause operational problems for diesel buses.) Facilities are checked in the early hours, and GCPS works with power providers, as needed. Local school principals gather information for the leadership team about specific school conditions.
It’s more likely for school to be cancelled in the early morning— due to hazardous road conditions that formed overnight— than for school to let out early because bad weather is moving in. As a rule, the decision to cancel school is made before 6 a.m. The school system immediately notifies all major radio and television stations in the Atlanta area. In addition, the information is announced on GCPS TV, on the school system’s website, on Twitter and Facebook, through SchoolMessenger calls and optional texts, and via metro-Atlanta radio and television stations. (If you haven’t yet opted into text messages from SchoolMessenger, it’s easy! Just text the word “SUBSCRIBE” to the number 67587. Add 1-844-248-6644 to your Contacts list as Gwinnett County Public Schools to identify incoming messages.)
Should severe weather move into the area during the day, plans to cancel classes will be announced on local radio and TV stations before school is dismissed, communicated on GCPS TV, and posted to the website, Twitter, and Facebook.
The key factor in all decisions about whether or not to hold school is the safety of students and staff.
Remember, GCPS announces only school closing information. The school system does not issue an announcement when school will be in session as scheduled.