School Delay/Closing Information


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ZCS School Delay/Closing Information

In the event of school CANCELLATION, Before and After Care (BAC) will be made available at Pleasant View Elementary UNLESS otherwise noticed by ZCS or by Boone County “State of Emergency” being declared.


In the event of a midday or other emergency school dismissal, BAC will be provided at the regular school site UNLESS otherwise noticed by ZCS or by Boone County “State of Emergency” being announced.


Elementary School Two Hour Delay Bell Schedules

Entry Bell:

9:50 AM for grades 1-4

10:05 AM for preschool

10:50 AM for kindergarten

Start of School/Tardy Bell:

10:00 AM for grades 1-4

10:15 AM for preschool

11:00 AM for kindergarten

End of School Bell:

2:30 PM

Bus Dismissal:

2:40 PM


Zionsville Middle School Two Hour Delay Bell Schedules

ZMS 2 hour 5 & 6
2 hour delay 7 & 8

Zionsville West Middle School Two Hour Delay Bell Schedules

ZWM 2 hour delay schedule

Zionsville High School Two Hour Delay Bell Schedules

In all cases, two-hour delay days start at 10:30 @ ZCHS utilizing one of the following schedules.
HS 2 hour delay schedules


Winter Weather Policies for Universal Preschool


Universal Preschool 2 Hour Delay Policy

On days when Zionsville Community Schools has a 2 hour delay, Universal Preschool and BAC will also delay.  Car line will begin at 10:05am.  There is no morning BAC for Preschool students.  A school lunch will be provided.  For students with IEPs who attend a full day and who are assigned bus transportation, the bus will pick up 2 hours later than the usual pick-up time.  Students with IEPs who attend a ½ day UP program will not have transportation on 2 hour delay days. 


Universal Preschool Inclement Weather Procedure

On days when ZCS is cancelled, Universal Preschool and BAC will operate on the regular schedule at one location for the district.  That location is Pleasant View Elementary.  Door #2 should be used for drop off.  Bus transportation is NOT AVAILABLE ON CANCELLATION DAYS.  Your student will need to bring a lunch to school, as ZCS Food Services will be unavailable.


Winter Weather Policies for Developmental Preschool


Developmental Preschool 2 Hour Delay Procedures

Developmental Preschool AM and PM classes operate on an alternating schedule during ZCS 2 hour delays.  During the first 2 hour delay, the AM Developmental Preschool students will not attend programming and the PM student will attend during their regularly scheduled preschool time (12:15 – 2:45).  If a second 2 hour delay occurs, the AM Developmental Preschool students will attend during the PM time (12:15 – 2:45) and the PM Developmental students will not attend preschool that day.  The alternating pattern will continue for each 2 hour delay that occurs. 


Developmental Preschool students who attend Developmental Preschool and Universal Preschool can attend Universal Preschool when school starts at 10:15 am.  Universal Preschool is also delayed when ZCS calls a 2 hour delay.   For students who are assigned bus transportation, the bus will pick up 2 hours later than the usual pick-up time. 


Developmental Preschool Inclement Weather Cancellation

Developmental Preschool is closed when ZCS cancels school for inclement weather such as snow day.  If your student also attends Universal Preschool, he/she is welcome to attend a full day of Universal Preschool.  Universal Preschool is offered at Pleasant View Elementary in these instances (see below).  However, bus transportation is NOT AVAILABLE ON CANCELLATION DAYS.  Your student will need to bring a lunch to school, as ZCS Food Services will be unavailable.


From the Superintendent

Let it…. NO!

Following is important information for parents about school delay/cancellation communications, weather “make-up” day logistics, “home rule” decision-making, and more. Hundreds of new families are with us in ZCS this year, and this is all new to them. Otherwise, it is an important refresher for everyone.

1. PARENTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION-MAKERS! When the majority of our buses can traverse roads safely, we'll be in school. However, no central decision can anticipate every condition in all of the two townships of Boone County that ZCS covers. Thus, home rule at your front door is key. I/we respect it greatly.

2. REAL-TIME E-DAY MAKE-UPS FOR CANCELLED SCHOOL DAYS: If Mother Nature makes for a school cancellation, we will deploy our e-day strategy for which we are approved by the Indiana State Department of Education. However, we will NOT have more than two consecutive e-days, so, if we have a monumental blizzard or ice storm, we will be forced to add some days at the end of the year or come up with another make-up strategy. We do not wish to become an online school, and we know that too many consecutive e-days makes for less than ideal instructional continuity.

All students will use CANVAS (our learning management software) for real time e-days. Given that we are not a 1:1 computing district in grades K-4, we will allow afternoon and Saturday catch-up days with open computer labs following e-days because some elementary students do not have sufficient computer access at home.
Stay tuned to superintendent and principal messaging about the make-up day protocol for cancellations.

Finally, note that Mother Nature is not our only school day disrupter. We may need to cancel school for just one of our campuses for some reason like a power outage, water main break, etc. If this occurs, please follow our communications channels for information about how the matter will be handled.

3. ABOUT SAFETY, NOT MONEY! Common among misperceptions about school delays and cancellations is that ZCS gets funding based upon attendance on scheduled school days. Not true. We have to be in school a certain number of days (180) by law, but if we have bus or facility concerns about safety, I’ll cancel school, period. Our safety nets for buses and facilities are strong, and we plan well, but Mother Nature is fickle and fast acting. My decision to delay, go on time, or to not go to school at all is based foremost on student and staff safety, not money. If my inclement weather decision cannot work where your home is located due to the weather, see #1 above.

4. OUR COMMUNICATIONS! Text, voicemail, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, local television stations (though they don't always share the information timely), and our district webpage are the avenues we will use to reach out when there is news that alters the school schedule in any way.

5. NOTE YOUR CHILD CARE OPTIONS! Please refer to communications from our GROW division regarding child care options in which you may be enrolled. Generally speaking, all Before and After Care (BAC) sites are open at the regular time on delay days with the exception of Universal Preschool BAC (Preschool BAC is closed on school delays). Eagle Recreation classes are cancelled (in the AM only) on delay days except for KDG Spanish classes which will start at 10:00 am on a two-hour delay day. When school is cancelled, all BAC and pre-school sites consolidate at Pleasant View Elementary and Eagle Recreation is cancelled. IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL OF THESE SITES AND PROGRAMS ARE CLOSED IF BOONE COUNTY DECLARES A WEATHER EMERGENCY OR IF WE HAVE REASON TO NOTICE CLOSURE (AS IN POWER OUTAGE, WATER MAIN BREAK, ETC.).

Winter weather is very inconvenient at times, but my/our decisions are about layers of considerations with student safety at the forefront. We do default to a school-is-in-session mindset whenever possible. The ZCS “morning eyes” team and our maintenance “snow plow crew” are always working with our professional transportation staff to ensure safe travels to and from school.

Thank you for choosing the Zionsville Community Schools, and thanks for partnering with us to keep students safe no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us this school year.