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Inclement Weather Procedure

Young Scholars Telephone Broadcast System

Winter weather is upon us! In the situation of unexpected circumstances, all school closings and delays can be found on local radio and TV stations including WPXI, WTAE, and KDKA. YSWPCS may consider either Pittsburgh Public Schools or Baldwin-Whitehall Schools when determining delays and closings. Parents and families are able to get up-to-the-minute school delay and closure information by getting automated phone calls from Young Scholars Telephone Broadcast Service called School Messenger or by becoming a fan of Young Scholars Facebook page, or following us on Twitter. This information will also be available on our webpage and local radio and news outlets;  KDKA TV, WPXI and WTAE.

School is canceled only during unusual circumstances such as extreme weather, facilities or equipment failure, an environmental hazard or a public crisis that causes a significant safety risk.

When will I know if schools are closed or a 2-hour delay?

When a decision can be made the preceding night, the District will attempt to make an announcement by 10 p.m. In most cases, a decision won’t be made until morning. The goal is to make a decision to have a 2-hour delay or close schools by 5.30 a.m.

There will be no announcement if schools are open as scheduled.

What if the schools are open, but I decide to keep my child home during inclement weather? 
If a decision is made for schools to remain open, parents/guardians have the option to keep their children home for health and safety reasons. Parents/guardians are ultimately responsible for making this decision.

If you decide to keep your child home in any situation, including inclement weather, you should call the school to report your child’s absence. A written explanation of the absence must be provided to the homeroom teacher upon return to the school within three (3) days. Failure to provide a written explanation of the absence within three (3) days will result in an unlawful or unexcused absence.

How do I find out if schools have a 2-hour delay or are closed?
Young Scholars has implemented a program called School Messenger which will call home phone numbers and email parents when these decisions have been made.

Tune into the following television stations for frequent school closing announcements:WPXI Channel 11, WTAE 4 and KDKA TV. Those television stations carry a moving line across the bottom of the screen to provide school closing information. Most media do not announce if schools are going to be open. If there is no announcement, classes are in session.

Young Scholars will also post school closing and delay announcements on its website (, Facebook page, and Twitter.

 What time should my child report to school when there is a 2-hour delay?

In the instance of a 2-hour delay, all students must report to school exactly 2-hours after their schools normal start time. For example, our normal start time is 8:12 am, your child should report to school latest by 10:12 am.

The same is true for the time your child should report to the bus stop. If your child’s normal bus pick up time is 7:00 am, your child should report to their bus stop by 9:00am.

What happens if the weather worsens during the school day?

The district tries to avoid unexpected early dismissals. However, on occasion, early dismissal is unavoidable. Parents should make prior arrangements for supervision of their children. It is important for schools to be able to reach parents and designated childcare providers during daytime hours. Please make sure schools have accurate telephone numbers and emergency contact information.

When it is necessary to dismiss children during the regular school day, the district will contact local media and Young Scholars will provide as much advance notice as possible.

If weather conditions worsen and schools remain open, parents may choose to pick up their children early after informing school staff.

What cold weather provisions are made for recess?

The decision to hold recess during poor weather conditions, including extreme cold, is made by school Principal. Children should always wear appropriate cold weather clothing, including winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens, and boots during the winter months.

Any student with a health concern that requires them to stay indoors should provide a doctor’s note to the school. Appropriate accommodations will be made to meet the needs of the child.

What provisions are made for before or after school activities when schools have 2-hour delays or are closed?

All school-sponsored after-school activities are cancelled when an early dismissal or school closing occurs due to inclement weather conditions.