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Inclement Weather Procedures

Date: 12/14/2016
News Release Number: 16-117
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 14, 2016 –As winter approaches, questions are often raised about how weather conditions may impact decisions to delay or close school.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority and the decision to delay or close school is never made lightly.
Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas and his inclement weather team of advisors gather critical input from a network of sources in order to make decisions based on the most current information.
They consult with school officials from transportation, security and maintenance, as well as city and county government agencies, such as law enforcement, engineering and public works. They also continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service.
If the superintendent decides to delay, cancel or dismiss school, Public Affairs will notify staff and parents by phone and email. A text message will also be sent to accounts that have a registered cell phone number included.
The information will also be added to the district website ( and shared via social media (Twitter: @knoxschools and Facebook: Notification will also be sent to primary local news outlets.
If school is dismissed early or cancelled due to inclement weather, all scheduled student activities on that afternoon or day will generally also be postponed or cancelled. Parents should contact their child’s school or check the school’s web page for answers to questions regarding specific extracurricular activities.
Point of Contact at Knox County Schools
Carly Harrington, 594-1905 or
Abbey Harris, 594-2972 or
Excellence for Every Child
Twitter: @knoxschools