District’s Inclement Weather Policy Outlined

Winter is coming, which means inclement weather may be in the near future. So, here is a reminder of the district’s procedures for closing schools when weather is a factor in getting students to and from their buildings safely.   

When the superintendent makes the decision to cancel schools, the Communications Department starts putting its inclement weather plan into motion to relay information to parents, students, staff and the community. Over the past several years, the inclement weather plan has evolved and grown to encompass more modern communication methods (including social media) while also maintaining the traditional methods. The idea is to provide school closing information in a number of outlets to reach anyone who may have questions. Staff, students and parents are encouraged to check a number of sources to ensure that they have the most accurate and up-to-date information anytime a snow day may be likely. Checking more than one source will ensure that errors that might be made by the media, or rumors that may be floating around on social media, are dispelled.

Here is an outline of the processes followed by the Communications Department to communicate a snow day:

  • Notification is made to the MEDIA (This step happens FIRST because of the large number of people who are reached through the media. This list includes the major television and radio stations, and local newspapers.)
  • A posting is made on the district FACEBOOK,  Twitter, and Instagram pages.
  • A posting is made on the district WEBSITEwww.kckps.org
  • An Infinite Campus PHONE NOTIFICATION is sent to all families in the district.
  • A notice of the closing is posted on KCKPS-TV, the district’s television network (available on channel 18 to Time Warner Cable customers in Wyandotte County or Channel 145 on Google Fiber.)

The above processes take place as soon as notification of the closing is received by the Communications Department. If the decision to close schools is made in the morning, the Communications Department works to ensure that the information is posted and communicated before 6 a.m. If the decision to close schools for the day is made the evening before, the notifications are completed by Communications staff in the evening from home, and the timeline is dependent upon schedules.

Once notifications are posted, the Communications staff works to address incoming questions and comments (via phone, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail) and checks social media sources to screen out inappropriate postings.

Staff who have questions or comments about any of the above processes, or want to report inaccurate reporting of information, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., director of communications and marketing at (913) 279-2225.

Unless covered by a special announcement, a general school closing also includes all special education classes and adult education classes.

If classes are canceled, the following personnel will be on duty unless otherwise stated: all administrators and supervisors, all 12-month employees, building staff who work more than 186 days, all custodial and maintenance staff, all campus officers, all secretaries who work more than 186 days, and all Central Office staff who work more than 186 days.

Should early dismissal be necessary during the school day, radio and TV announcements will be made and each school will be notified. Principals and teachers will be certain that no child is released until arrangements for proper supervision have been made. 

KCKPS Android App Privacy Policy

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) receives and collects only anonymous usage data of its Andorid app users (i.e., number of active and inactive users, and number of people actively receiveing push notifications).  Other than that, the only information KCKPS has from users is that which is publicly available (such as average customer reviews of the app). We do not collect or store any personal information, nor do we use it in conjunction with our Android app.

Weather Related School Closing Policy

When schools have to close due to snow or ice, or extreme cold, all major radio and television stations will be notified by 6 a.m. The announcement also will be posted at the top of the home page as a Newsflash, as well as on our district Facebook page, and all families will receive notification via the phone system. Text message notifications also will be sent to those who subscribe to the district's text alert system.

School closing information will be broadcast over a cooperative system formed by local radio and television stations. Stations in the cooperative, plus others that have agreed to broadcast school closings include:

    • KMBC-TV9
    • KCTV-TV5
    • WDAF-TV4
    • KSHB-TV41
    • KMBZ, AM 980
    • KCUR, FM 89.3
    • KCMO AM 710
    • La Gran D 1340 AM
    • La Playa 1480 AM

Unless covered by a special announcement, a general school closing also includes all special education classes and adult education classes.

If classes are canceled, the following personnel will be on duty unless otherwise stated: all administrators and supervisors, all 12-month employees, building staff who work more than 186 days, all custodial and maintenance staff, all campus officers, all secretaries who work more than 186 days, and all Central Office staff who work more than 186 days.

Should early dismissal be necessary during the school day, radio and TV announcements will be made and each school will be notified. Principals and teachers will be certain that no child is released until arrangements for proper supervision have been made.

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