Winter Weather Procedures

  • Inclement Weather - Snow, Ice, Flooding

    Washoe Country School District is dedicated to ensuring a safe ride to school for your child(ren) in all weather conditions. At times, Transportation services could be canceled or significantly altered to ensure the safety of our students. Schools will always be open unless a Washoe County School District digital day or closure announcement is broadcast through the many communication outlets used and recorded on the.

    Winter weather in the Truckee Meadows and surrounding areas can be unpredictable. When severe weather strikes our number one concern is the safety of all students in the Washoe County School District. The District wants to ensure every child and staff member can arrive at school safely, so the WCSD has plans in place to make the decision whether to delay, implement a digital day or continue school as normal.

    WCSD has a team of individuals that tracks the progress of winter weather and its impact on our roadways and schools. We work closely with the National Weather Service, the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County to make informed decisions about school schedules. Since winter weather can impact school schedules for parents, students and staff, we try to make the decision about delays or closures as early in the morning as possible. The safety of students and staff is the number one concern during days with winter weather hazards. The District will do everything possible to ensure our schools are ready for students and staff during Northern Nevada storms.

    As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping students and staff safe, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is implementing a new regionalized system when Digital School Days are called due to hazardous weather and road conditions.The District is now divided into eight geographical regions—the Regional Weather List— which allows the District to designate Digital School Days for schools in areas that are more impacted by weather, while implementing two-hour delays or regular school schedules in areas that are less impacted. The regions are listed on the District website and can be accessed by visiting Weather friendly.pdf

    When School Schedules Change
    Transportation Dispatch (775-337-7769) is available to provide information when school buses are running late due to road construction, traffic of other delays.

    District Procedures on Snow Day.


    Delayed Start
    In response to the area receiving a significant amount of snow or the prediction that a significant winter storm or extreme conditions could potentially impact the traffic flow in the region, a “Delayed Start” could be issued to allow the road crews adequate time to prepare the roads for safe travel.

    If a 'Delayed Start' is issued:

    All Schools and classes will start 2 hours later than usual

    All bus routes will be delayed 2 hours

    All morning latch-key programs are canceled

     Is my program cancelled when there is a two hour delay or school digitl day? 

    When We Announce: 2 Hour Delay Digital Day
    Grades K-6 Not Cancelled digital day
    Middle School Not Cancelled digital day
    High School Not Cancelled digital day
    Field Trips Cancelled Cancelled
    After School Activities Per district announcement Cancelled
    Athletics Per district announcement Per district announcement
    AM Early Childhood Preschool Cancelled digital day
    PM Early Childhood Preschool Not Cancelled digital day
    All Day Early Childhood Strategies Not Cancelled digital day

    Winter Stops

    On days when buses will use winter stops, the school district will decide and announce the change before 6:00 a.m.

    Winter Stops can be found through this link: Winter Bus Stops. If your bus route is not listed, it does not have a snow route that requires a winter stop and will run on its regular schedule of stops and times.

    If Winter Stops are in effect, they will be used for both morning pickup and afternoon drop off, even if the weather has improved throughout the day.

    Communications Protocol

    The District Communications team will communicate the changes to parents and the community in a variety of ways:

    • The information will be featured across the top of the District's main webpage
    • A 'Connect-Ed' phone message will be sent to all parents and staff starting at 6 A.M.*
    • A 'Delayed Start' or "digital school day" will be announced on local radio and TV stations as well as online starting after 5 A.M.
    • The message will be on our social media sites including Facebook & Twitter

    *If your phone number has changed please update it at your student's school.

    Incline Village Schools
    Incline Village schools determine their own delayed starts or digital days. Announcements are sent to all local media outlets by 6 a.m. The Incline Schools Connection HOTLINE is 337-7509.

    Gerlach K-12
    Gerlach schools determine their own delayed starts or digital days. Announcements are sent to all students and parents through the Gerlach schools. The Gerlach Schools Connection HOTLINE is 775-557-2326.

    Natchez Elementary
    Natchez Elementary School does follow the delayed start and closures like the rest of the District since so many of the staff there commutes from the Reno/Sparks area.

    We cannot stress enough that the safety of students and staff is our number one concern during days with winter weather hazards. The decision to delay or cancel school will be based on ensuring the safety of students and employees both on the road and at the school, in conjunction with other public entities ability to adequeately clear roads of snow, ice and other road hazards while allowing the school district to continue to maximize educational opportunities for our students.