School Closures

  • Our school closure policy has one aim: to ensure the safety of our students. School may start two hours late; students may be released early; or classes may be canceled entirely due to inclement weather. Please be familiar with the following information sources in the event of school cancellations, early release or late start.

    Communication Channels

    North Kansas City Schools provides several ways for you to get the latest information on district school closings, including early release or a two-hour delayed start on days when weather is hazardous:

    1. District provides the first notification of school closings and other cancellations within minutes of a decision.

    2. Parent App: A notification will be sent via the NKC Schools app to those who have downloaded it to their phone. You can find the app in Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. It is free to download.
    3. SchoolMessenger: Phone, email and optional text messages are sent to school families when classes are canceled, delayed or students are released early. To receive the text message, you must text “YES” to “67587” to opt in to these notifications.

    4. Social Media: We will post information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    5. Radio & TV: Local stations share announcements on-air and on their websites.

    For those who received a letter this fall from Transportation regarding snow routes, information on alternate routes is posted on the Transportation page.

    Also make note that in the event of an early release or full day cancellation, evening activities and community education classes will be canceled as well. Any exceptions will be posted on the district website.

    Adventure Club will operate on snow days, but at its combined snow day sites. For an early release, Adventure Club will operate at all sites on its regular schedule. With a delayed start, Adventure Club will be open at all sites from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Adventure Club page.

    Two-Hour Delayed Start Option

    The two-hour delayed start will be used for days when daylight and additional time to treat roads mean safe passage is possible for students.

    The school day will begin two hours later at each building throughout the district. On a two-hour delayed start day, all buses will pick up students two hours later than the regular pickup times, but the drop-off times will NOT change. All schools will end their day at the regular end time with one exception. On most Thursdays, high schools and middle schools observe an early release schedule. If the district activates the two-hour delayed start, the early release would be canceled, and a normal schedule would be used with normal dismissal times.

    Alternate stops for buses will be in effect on two-hour delayed start days. Transportation Services communicates directly with all families affected by alternate stops.

    Early Release or Cancellation

    • There will be no evening activities including Community Education classes. Exceptions will be posted on the district website at:

    • District athletes should refer to the Inclement Weather Guidelines for Athletics posted on the district website.

    • Adventure Club will operate on snow days, but at their combined snow day sites. Hours of operation will be 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    When School Is Open

    • Dress your child to protect against wind and cold.

    • Buses may be a few minutes late. Please wait as we safely run every route.

    • Alternate bus stops may be in effect due to road conditions. Bus riders on alternate routes are notified directly by Transportation Services via SchoolMessenger.

    • We respect your decision to keep your child home when the weather is questionable.