NOTE: For the 2020-21 school year, DMPS has revised its weather closing procedure. If school buildings close due to a “snow day,” classes will continue online. The information below provides details on changes to the school day that may result due to inclement weather.


In the event of inclement weather Des Moines Public Schools may do one of four things:

  1. Move all classes at all schools to virtual instruction but administrative and school offices remain open.
  2. Move all classes at all schools to virtual instruction and administrative and school offices are closed.
  3. Dismiss schools two hours early.
  4. Delay the start of school by two hours but administrative and school offices open at regular time.

If the Superintendent issues one of these four notices, this page explains what impact it will have on students and families. DMPS teachers and staff should click here for information on what this means for their workday.

CLASSES VIRTUAL/OFFICES OPEN

  • No in person classes will be held. PK-12 students will engage in synchronous virtual learning.
  • DMPS administrative and school offices will be open.
  • No school-related activities.
  • No breakfast or lunch service.
  • No Metro Kids childcare programs.
  • No use of school facilities by non-DMPS organizations.

CLASSES VIRTUAL/OFFICES CLOSED

  • No in-person classes will be held. PK-12 students will engage in synchronous virtual learning.
  • School offices and administration offices will be closed. School administration and school-based staff (teachers, instructional specialists, counselors, interventionists, and associates) will work remotely.
  • No school-related activities.
  • No breakfast or lunch service.
  • No Metro Kids childcare programs.
  • No use of school facilities by non-DMPS organizations.

TWO-HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL

  • All schools, including early childhood centers, will dismiss two hours earlier than their normal dismissal time.
  • All high school events will take place as scheduled unless mutually agreed upon by the participating schools.
  • All middle school activities are cancelled.
  • Varsity athletic practices and activities will be voluntary.
  • Lunch will be served. Service time may be changed to accommodate building needs.
  • Normal hours will be in effect for morning early-childhood and early-childhood special education programs.
  • No afternoon classes for early-childhood and early-childhood special education programs.
  • No use of school facilities by non-DMPS organizations.
  •  Metro Kids will provide service on days schools dismiss early for scheduled events that appear on the school calendar.

TWO-HOUR DELAYED START

  • All schools will begin classes two hours later and dismiss at the regular time.
  • DMPS and DART buses will run routes two hours later.
  • Students should listen for announcements when arriving at school about which class period will begin the school day.
  • Cowles before-school childcare will be open at the regular time and remain in operation two hours later in the morning.
  • Schools providing Breakfast-in-the-Classroom will begin serving breakfast 15 minutes before the start of school; all other schools will serve breakfast 30-45 minutes before classes begin.
  • Lunch will be served at the regular time.
  • All classes will end at the regular time.
  • Morning only early-childhood and early-childhood special education programs will be cancelled.
  • Full-day early-childhood and early-childhood special education programs will be two hours late.
  • M. Parochial shuttle buses will be cancelled.
  • All before-school, extracurricular activities will be cancelled.
  • DMPS administrative and school offices will open at their normal times.