Procedures for School Delay Announcements

The safety of our children  is our number one priority.  The decision to close school is one that is always made very thoughtfully and methodically for the safety of all our students: Those students who ride the bus, the students who drive and for parents who transport their children to school.   


Dickenson County Public Schools uses a 3-hour delay with schools beginning at 11:15.a.m.  Since road and weather conditions vary geographically in our county, the School Board implemented a 3-hour delay policy for safety reasons to allow as much time for our roads to be plowed and cleaned.  Many times, this also gives VDOT the time and opportunity to treat those roads that have been identified as a concern that morning.  Often school can still be in session on a 3-hour delay when schools would have to close on a 2-hour delay.

On a 3-hour delay, the school division has the opportunity to announce school closure as late as 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  From approximately 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., the school division monitors road and weather conditions across the County in the following manner:

  • Numerous discussions with Spotters across the County
  • Numerous discussions with VDOT
  • Monitoring weather maps, radars and weather forecasts
  • Discussions with 911
  • Documenting Calls from Parents and Stakeholders about issues on road conditions and contacting VDOT to assist on snow/ice removal in these specific areas.
  • Traveling specific roads and turning areas for buses


If  the reports received from a variety of these sources indicate that
road conditions are safe for travel, then there is no change on the
school schedule announcement   If the reports indicate that road
conditions are not safe or questionable for safe travel throughout the
county, then the decision is made to close schools.  This decision is
made no later than 8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

The decision to close schools is always challenging and often
questioned.  Dickenson County Public Schools will always put the
safety of children first.