Severe Weather
Severe weather at-a-glance summary

Severe weather at-a-glance summary 

Make-up days:

  • Because N.C. law requires each school to have a minimum of 180 days and 1,000 instructional hours, CMS must make up each day missed.
  • Holidays identified on the Board of Education-approved school calendar cannot be used as make-up days.  

Staff procedures:

  • Only the superintendent can declare a Code C. During this code, only essential personnel appointed by the superintendent or designee will report to work.
  • If school is closed, bus drivers do not report to work.
  • Teacher Assistants do not work on Teacher Workdays.
  • Custodians are expected to report to work during severe weather. Custodians formally designated as essential personnel by the superintendent or designee will report on a code C day.
  • If school is closed, cafeteria staff does not report to work. On those days, cafeteria staff may take discretionary annual leave or take the day without pay.


  • If schools are closed, all athletic practices and scheduled events are canceled.  Any exceptions (such as out-of-town tournament events) must be approved by the director of athletics.
  • If schools are dismissed early because of severe weather, all athletic practices and scheduled athletic events are canceled.
  • If schools are delayed because of severe weather, all athletic practices and athletic events will be held as scheduled unless directed otherwise.


  • If schools are closed, the After-School Enrichment Program is canceled.
  • If schools are delayed, the before-school program will operate on a regular schedule.
  • If schools are dismissed early, the After School Enrichment Program is canceled.
  • If hazardous weather occurs during the ASEP hours, parents will be encouraged to pick up their children from the program as early as possible; the program, however, will remain open until 6:00 p.m.

Early dismissal:

  • If school is dismissed early, public notification will occur between noon and 1 p.m.
  • All buses will follow their regular afternoon route sequence unless otherwise notified. All students will be delivered to their regularly assigned afternoon bus stops, except ASEP students, whose parents will pick them up at their home schools.
  • All CMS after-school activities (extra-curricular, athletic and community use of schools) will be canceled in the event of early dismissal. All students needing transportation should ride their assigned afternoon bus. For each student, schools should have an emergency dismissal form where parents have indicated how their child is to go home. (The form is available on the intranet.)

 Two-hour delay:

  • Start times are two hours later than normal time. Ending bell times do not change.
  • All employees except bus drivers report to work at their regular times.
  • Principals will develop a modified bell schedule that begins two hours later than normal and ends at the usual time and will also confer with the cafeteria manager on a modified lunch schedule that allows all students to eat.
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