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Inclement Weather Plan

Johnson City Schools is aware of the implications of opening school during less than perfect weather conditions and of the delaying or closing of school when poor weather conditions exist or are predicted. Our district serves students within an area whose transportation system has difficulty operating efficiently when the road and/or temperature conditions are not safe. Because some Johnson City Schools open doors as early as 7 a.m. school buses begin picking up students at 6:25 a.m. Occasionally weather conditions worsen quickly thus requiring a later decision. Parents need to be aware of this possibility and plan accordingly. The safety of students, staff, and parents remains the top consideration.

If school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather, both remote learners and in-person learners will follow the same schedule. Since inclement weather could force families to lose power or other essential services, snow days will apply for all students and faculty.  

When weather events are occurring, or have occurred, the school system gathers information from many sources. The Superintendent is in constant contact with Johnson City transit officials as they drive bus routes through neighborhoods and school zones. The school system consults with the National Weather Service regarding up-to-the-minute forecasts and conditions. School administrators talk to maintenance and custodial staff members to determine the condition of school campus roads and parking lots. Once all information is collected, the Superintendent makes the final decision.

Every attempt is made to announce school schedule changes as soon as possible.  There have been times when the forecast the night before does not develop as reported. The timing of the decision remains secondary to the safety issues.

Johnson City Schools will notify families of closures using the following communication methods:

  • District & school websites / mobile app
  • Social media accounts (@JCityTNSchools)
  • ParentSquare (New for 2024-25 SY)
  • Local media outlets 

During a two-hour delay, buses will begin their routes two hours later. If your student is normally picked up at 7 a.m., they will be picked up at 9 a.m.

Two-Hour Delay School Start Times
Science Hill High School Middle Schools Elementary Schools
9:40 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 10:15 a.m.




Last Updated: July 12, 2024