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Inclement Weather Procedures

One of the processes below will be employed if our area experiences inclement weather which makes travel to or from school hazardous. The administration of ACS will consider multiple factors when making determinations regarding school closings. We will always attempt to make decisions that are best for our entire community. If school is in session, and you do not think it is safe to transport your child(ren) to school, please keep them at home and send a note the next day for the absence to be excused.

Inclement Weather Before School

If there is a question as to whether or not school will be open on a particular morning, please employ one of the following options:

  • Call the school at 298-2787 after 6:30 a.m. The message on the school phone will announce our status.
  • Do not follow “Buncombe County” or “Asheville City information. Look/Listen for the ArtSpace Charter School information.
  • Information about our status will be reported to the following media: WLOS, WCQS (88.1), Asheville Citizen-Times, WWNC (570 am)
  • Listen for a phone call message from our school messenger system.

* **We highly recommend that you sign up for text alerts from WLOS at www.wlos.com.

Delayed Opening

If there is a delayed opening, the ArtSpace school messenger system will call you. Parents should always confirm school is actually open before leaving for school. A late opening is based upon the assumption that the weather will clear or the snow/ice will be sufficiently melted in a couple of hours. However, there are no guarantees the weather will cooperate with our plans. If the school is closed, you will receive a second call from the school messenger system, but you can also check by calling 298-2787 before heading out.

ONE HOUR DELAY

  • Students should arrive between 8:45-9:15 AM
  • Do not drop students off before 8:45 AM
  • Classes will begin at 9:15 AM
  • No morning care

TWO HOUR DELAY

  • Students should arrive between 9:45-10:15 AM
  • Do not drop students off before 9:45 AM
  • Classes will begin at 10:15
  • No morning care

THREE HOUR DELAY

  • Students should arrive between 10:45-11:15 AM
  • Do not drop students off before 10:45 AM
  • Classes will begin at 11:15
  • No morning care

Closing During the School Day

If we must close once the school day has started, we will:

  • Change the message on the school phone (298-2787) to reflect the early closing
  • Contact WLOS, WWNC (570 am.), WCQS (88.1), and Asheville Citizen Times
  • Call parents/guardians to inform them of our intention to close. All children will be supervised until they are picked up. Of course, any time that a parent or guardian feels the need to pick up their child/children due to the weather, they are free to do so.
  • All after school activities (including After Care) will be cancelled in the event of an early or all day closing.

To ensure that parents can be contacted, is imperative student emergency contact information is correct in the school office.