Weather Closures

November 26, 2018

How FCPS Communicates Weather Closures and Delays

When FCPS cancels or delays the opening of school due to inclement weather or other emergencies, staff, students, and parents are notified in multiple ways as soon as the decision is made.

FCPS' official Twitter account, @fcpsnews (with the blue checkmark), is where you'll first see closing or delay announcements. Here’s why: We have found Twitter to be the fastest, most effective method of disseminating news. Once “tweet” is clicked, the message appears instantly on FCPS’ Twitter page. You don’t need to have a Twitter account to see FCPS’ tweets. Either bookmark the page or text “follow @fcpsnews” to 40404, and you’ll receive SMS text updates.

Additional communication channels used to announce a delayed opening or closure include FCPS’ public website, email, text, Facebook, television stations, radio stations, and Channel 21. Subscribers to the Delayed Openings and School Closings email on News You Choose will also be notified. Please keep in mind that there may be a delay from the time messages are transmitted to them being received by users. For example, more than 430,000 emails and texts are being transmitted during every weather closure or delay. But, FCPS has no control over how long it takes cell and internet service providers to distribute emails and texts to customers.