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Johnson City Schools Inclement Weather Plan

Johnson City Schools Inclement Weather Plan

Johnson City Schools is aware of the implications of opening school during less-than-perfect conditions and of the delaying or closing of school when poor weather conditions exist or are predicted. The school system knows that it 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 primary consideration.


How do I find out if Johnson City Schools will have a change of schedule?

Johnson City Schools will notify families of closures on school websites, district social media accounts (@JCityTNSchools) and through the district’s emergency notification systems SchoolMessenger and Bloomz. We will also inform local media outlets of our schedule change to broadcast.


If school is canceled for snow, does that mean that it will be a remote day for students?

No. 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.   


How does Johnson City Schools decide when to close schools due to inclement weather?

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.


Why aren’t schedule changes always announced the night before?

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, however, to the safety issues.


During a two-hour delay, when will the bus pick-up my student and what time will school start?

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. The school start times are as follows for a two-hour delay:


Science Hill High School

School day begins at 9:40 a.m. during a two-hour delay.


Indian Trail & Liberty Bell Middle School

School day begins at 9:40 a.m. during a two-hour delay.


Elementary Schools

School day begins at 10:15 a.m. during a two-hour delay.


Will students have to make-up snow days?

Johnson City Schools has three snow days built into the 2023-2024 school calendar. Those dates are Friday, February 2, Monday, February 19 and Monday, April 1. We will update the community with make-up plans as soon as possible if we miss more than three snow days.


Johnson City Schools Cold Weather Guidelines for Physical Education and Recess


Time spent outdoors is an important part of the school day, but it is difficult to set guidelines that fit every circumstance and condition in regards to outside activities during cold weather. School district employees are advised to use their discretion and good judgment as to whether or not students will go outside, as well as the duration of the activity.

Children should be exposed to fresh air and exercise. During outdoor activities, students have an 

opportunity to relax from the structure of the classroom for a short while.  However, there are times when it is not safe for students to be outside.  Please read the guidelines below for when school recess or outdoor physical activity should be modified.

Each school is to determine the criteria for such decisions and who will make the judgment call on a day-to-day basis.

Conditions considered in the determination of the decision include:

•- Temperature
•- Wind Chill
•- Age of Students
•- Length of time outdoors
•- Adequacy of clothing of the children 

- Condition of the playground

Recess & Outdoor Physical Activity

  1. When properly clothed, elementary and middle school students can participate in safe, vigorous outdoor play in most weather conditions. Increased caution should be practiced when temperatures reach below 40 degrees including the wind chill factor.
  2. When temperatures and wind chill factors fall below 30 degrees including the wind chill, students should be kept indoors.
  3. Each year students and parents should be informed of the school’s cold weather guidelines, along with reminders about the necessity of wearing appropriate clothing for cold weather activities.

4.     Schools should honor reasonable parent requests that a student be allowed to stay indoors. Requests based on health reasons must be honored. Asthmatic children may need special accommodations. The parent and school must work together to determine a workable system for when the child should not participate in outdoor activities due to health.

  1. If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if you have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your students, please contact your student’s teacher or school office. 
  2. Please notify your student’s school counselor if winter clothing/outdoor apparel is needed; requests will be handled with discretion.