(Jan. 6, 2013) – Due to unprecedented predictions of cold weather, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will be closed on Tuesday, January 7th. All activities, including all after-school activities, are cancelled.
Administrative offices will be open at the regular time.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for Loudoun County effective this evening through Tuesday evening. Temperatures are expected to drop to 0 to 5 degrees overnight and to rise no higher than 15 degrees Tuesday. Wind chills of minus-10 to minus-15 degrees are possible during this period.
Winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts to 40 miles per hour are expected.
As has always been the case for LCPS, student safety is the one criterion for determining this closing. Temperatures such as those predicted for Tuesday would affect students walking to school as well as those waiting at bus stops.
Missing school on Tuesday will not affect the remaining calendar for the 2013-14 school year. LCPS has employed a “fixed calendar” since 1990.
The fixed calendar means that days missed for inclement weather will not cause truncated vacations, Saturday classes, lengthened school days, or changes in graduation dates.
Virginia school divisions are required to have a plan for making up a total of 15 days missed because of bad weather or other emergencies. Because the length of the LCPS instructional day exceeds the state’s 5.5 hour minimum, the 15 required “make-up days” are covered in the established school calendar.