Closings and Delays Due To Cold Weather

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

What Impacts the Decision in Other School Districts

Rockingham County Schools

  • While there are no specific guidelines, there are multiple factors considered when determining whether or not to open schools on time due to cold temperatures.
    • Weather forecast
    • Safety for children
    • Safety for parents
    • Buses
    • Road conditions

Staunton City Schools

  • There is no specific temperature that determines whether or not schools will operate due to cold temperatures, but multiple factors play into the decision.
    • Will buses be able to operate?
    • The temperature outside
    • Heating the buildings
    • Road conditions

Waynesboro City Schools

  • When temperatures are "abnormally" cold, Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Cassell said he would consider altering the school schedule.  
    • While there he said there's no exact number to define that, he said it's somewhere in the single digit air temperatures and negative wind chills.
  • Other factors that are considered include:
    • Having buses operational
    • Having warm buildings
    • Being able to provide hot lunches to students


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Temperatures are forecasted to continue to fall making their way into dangerous digits which has school officials on edge.

With 20 below wind chills, students should be outside as little as possible.

Harrisonburg City Schools Superintendent Scott Kizner has decided on a two-hour delay for two reasons.

His first concern has to do with the school buildings as he wants to give extra time to make sure all heating systems are functioning properly and efficiently.

Second, he also wants to make sure there are no mechanical issues with the buses and that all batteries are working.

"The last thing I want to see is a child left standing at a bus stop because a bus is broken down. Some times that happens, it's unavoidable, if we could wait just two hours making sure all of our buses are able to do their routes, I'm sure that would give parents comfort, and definitely give me comfort," said Kizner.

Kizner also said that if any students do arrive early to school tomorrow, principals have been told to let those students in so no one will be left outside waiting.

He also said this is the first time he has decided on a two-hour delay based solely on temperature.

"This is a different challenge. When we're dealing with snow and ice, we're more concerned about the buses once they're on the road. This is a concern about whether the buses can even get on the road," said Kizner.

Also, if your children typically walk to school, you can drive them to the bus stop, even if they haven't rode the bus before. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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