School Closing & Snow Schedules

Schedule Change Announcements

The safety of your children is always our number one priority. During inclement weather, school administrators may announce the delay or closure of schools. Be sure to check the following media outlets when inclement weather is in the forecast, even during when temperatures are predicted to be near zero with wind chill.

We aim to announce schedule changes as soon as possible, either by 10:30 p.m. the prior evening or by 6 a.m. on the school day. If a delay does not allow enough time to clear roads or if conditions worsen, school closure may be announced by 7:30 a.m. Schedules changes will be announced using our Skyward Family Access calling system called Skylert (School Messenger). If you are not registered with Skyward, please click here to learn how to register, or call your child's school. Elizabethton City Schools reports schedule changes to the following local media outlets. 

WJHL - TV
WCYB - TV
WKPT - TV
WCQR - FM
WGOC - AM
WAEZ - FM
WXIS - FM
WJCW - AM

 

WKIN - AM
WKOS - FM
WQUT - FM
WXBQ - AM/FM
WBEJ - AM/FM
WETB - AM
WEMB - AM
 


Delays

Delays help reduce the numbers of school closures and help ensure safe travel to and from school. They also allow city crews time to clear roads. Breakfast and lunch are served on delay days. Kindergarten will release at 2 p.m. on delay days. Delays schedules are as follows:

Delay Pre-K K-5 6-12
1 hour 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
2 hour 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

 

Make-Up Days

The calendar is built to include 7 days of school closure. If more than 7 days are missed, the Director of Schools and Board of Education will make a decision on how to adjust the schedule. For this reason, parents are advised not to make summer vacation plans till after June 1. 

 

Attendance

ECS respects parents' rights to keep their children home if they are concerned about inclement weather conditions. However, state law requires that students who are not present be marked absent. Procedures for making up work are the same as for other absences.

 

Transportation

Bus drivers are instructed to utilize the safest routes on clear streets. This may cause bus schedules to vary slightly. Parents should advise their children to walk carefully to the bus if snow and ice have not yet been cleared from the walkway.

 

Extended School Program

 

            The Extended School Program will attempt to operate on the days school is in session.  ESP does not operate when schools are closed due to bad weather.  Should schools close early, parents will be contacted and ESP will close.If children are released early for snow, or if school is closed due to bad weather, there will be no ESP.