Winter Weather Procedures: Everything You Need to Know

Winter Weather Procedures: Everything You Need to Know

Winter is upon us and along with it, the potential for inclement weather that may result in a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure. Aidan makes its own decisions regarding inclement weather; we do not follow DCPS’s decisions regarding closures and delays. Any decision to amend a school day is not taken lightly and is always made with consideration for the safety of all members of the Aidan community. It is worth noting that many of our teachers and staff travel to the School from considerable distances, and the School takes this into consideration. Additionally, if the School is open and you feel unsafe traveling, you should not make the commute.

In anticipation of any significant weather events, our admin team monitors the weather closely so that we can inform families of any delays or closures as soon as possible. 

Here’s how your family can expect to hear of any weather-related closures or delays:

  • Email
  • Text Alerts through Remind
  • Posts on Website Homepage
  • WTOP Closures & Delays

In the event of a delay or closure, here’s how to proceed:

  • Closures: If the school is closed for a snow day, enjoy the day! In the case of larger weather events with the potential for multiple day closures, we will assess and keep families informed of opportunities for asynchronous learning.
  • Delays: If we have a delayed opening, our start time is 10:00 AM. If you receive notice that we have a delayed opening, you should bring your child to school at 10:00 AM. Please, refrain from coming earlier so as not to gum up the traffic on 27th Street. In the event of a delayed opening, Half-Day Toddlers do not come to school, and there is no online component for those children. Full-Day Toddlers come at 10:00 AM.
  • Early Dismissal: If we have an early release, all students will be dismissed, and there will be no afternoon online component for any students. Families are welcome to consult their asynchronous learning plans for homework ideas. 

Predicting the weather is never easy, and we thank all of our families for your patience and partnership as we navigate the coming winter months. It is our collective hope that you and your family will find the time to enjoy any weather that comes our way. Go for a brisk, bundled-up walk, sled if you can, and take time to enjoy nature and fresh air. 

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