Emergency Alerts

There are no alerts at this time. All schools and programs are at their normal operational status.

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In general, APS will only post/send messages if there is a change in normal operating status. For situations where everything is open/operating on a normal schedule, we will not send or post notifications.

In case of snow, ice, or other unusual conditions such as power outages and excessive heat, school officials may decide to close school, delay school opening, or send students home early.

Arlington Public Schools considers the following when determining an alteration in the operating status for the school division:

  1. Winter weather forecast (onset time, amount and type of precipitation, etc.)
  2. Road conditions (Arlington County, Interstates and surrounding jurisdictions
  3. Ambient temperatures at bus stops
  4. Transportation availability
  5. Regional considerations (e.g., other school divisions, federal government, etc.)
  6. Potential impacts to utilities
  7. Academic schedule

News about these decisions is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways:

  • Posted here, on the home page, and on all school sites.
  • Sent by e-mail and text to APS School Talk subscribers (families, staff and community).
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  • Recorded on the telephone hot line, 703-228-4277, in English and in Spanish.
  • Posted on the Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41 School-Community Bulletin Board.
  • Called in to local radio stations.
  • Called in to television stations: Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 8 and Channel 9.

Here is what happens in each situation when the school schedule changes:

Schools Closed– All school buildings are closed. The decision is usually announced by 5 a.m. on all information outlets. Extended Day and Check-in are also closed. All school activities are canceled unless otherwise announced. Administrative offices usually remain open.
Delayed Opening- Schools will open two hours later than usual. The decision is usually announced by 5 a.m. The morning bus route schedule is also delayed by two hours. Field trips are canceled. Breakfast is not served. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late. On any early release day, the early release is canceled and students remain until the regular daily dismissal time.
Early Dismissal- Schools will dismiss two hours early if conditions require. This decision is normally announced by 11:30 a.m. Extended Day will close at 4 p.m. Extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices, field trips, adult and community education classes, and recreation programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled. If it is Wednesday, elementary students will be released at the usual early release time.

All residents are asked to clear sidewalks as quickly as possible following snow and ice storms. Sidewalks must be clear in order for students to walk to school and to bus stops safely.

Read the letter from the Superintendent and Arlington County about snow emergencies | Español

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