Winter Weather - School Cancellations

The Public Relations Department of the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) always seeks to make sure students, staff and the community are well informed about breaking news related to KCPS. The notification for the cancellation of classes due to extreme cold, snow or ice is as follows:

The decision to cancel classes is made by the Superintendent of Schools based on the recommendation of his administrative team, including Facilities, Transportation, Safety and Security, and the Executive Cabinet.

KCPS strives to notify the public of the cancellation of classes as soon as the decision is made. In many cases this notification should occur by 5:30 a.m. the day of the cancellation. Every effort will be made to notify the public the day before the cancellation.

Notification will be made using the following outlets and resources; please check more than one to ensure you are receiving accurate information:
  • Major radio and television news stations
  • Main page of the KCPS website
  • KCPS Facebook and Twitter pages
  • 418-NEWS
  • Subscribers to our SchoolReach system and families with accurate contact information in the student information system will receive an automated phone call informing them of the cancellation

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

    If the decision to cancel classes is made during the weekend or 12 hours or less before classes are to occur, an automated phone message will be sent to employees and staff.

    If classes are canceled, the following personnel will be on duty unless otherwise stated: all administrators and supervisors, all 12-month employees, all campus officers, all custodial and maintenance staff.

    Should early dismissal be necessary during the school day, radio and TV announcements will be made and each school will be notified.