School Delay and Closing Information

Communicating a school delay or closure
Families will be notified through ParentSquare via text, voicemail, email. ZCS also utilizes Twitter, Facebook, lnstagram, local television stations, and our district webpage to announce school delays or closures.
When the majority of our buses can traverse roads safely, school will be open. However, no central decision can anticipate every condition across the two townships of Boone County that ZCS covers. Thus, home rule at your front door is key. I/we respect it greatly.

School Delay

Universal Preschool Two-Hour Delay Policy:

On days when Zionsville Community Schools has a two-hour delay, Universal Preschool will also have a two-hour delay.  The car line on those days will begin exactly 2 hours later then your normal drop off time. There is no morning Before and After Care (BAC) for preschool students. Students who receive any services through the Special Educational Preschool, should refer to those procedures. 


Developmental Preschool Two-Hour Delay Policy:
Developmental Preschool, AM and PM classes, operate on an alternating schedule during ZCS two-hour delays.  During the first two-hour delay, the AM Developmental Preschool students will not attend school.  The PM class will attend at the normal time of 12:15 – 2:45.  The second delay, the AM students will attend on a two-hour delay. The hours will be 10:00 – 12:30.  The PM students will not attend school that day.   The alternating pattern will continue for each two-hour delay that occurs. 


Before and After Care (BAC):

Before and After Care (BAC) sites are open at the regular time on delay days with the exception of Universal Preschool BAC. There is no morning Before and After Care (BAC) for preschool students when there is a 2-hour delay


Eagle Recreation & Enrichment:

Eagle Recreation classes are cancelled (AM only) on delay days except for kindergarten Spanish classes.  Those classes begin at 10:00 am on a two-hour delay day.


JEL/Cosmetology Program

Because ZCS and MSD Washington Twp schedules are not aligned on delay days, ZCS buses do not transport students who attend J Everett Light (JEL) or the Cosmetology program to those locations on delay days.  If a family determines it is safe to travel from their home, students who provide their own transportation may attend their program, but any student whose home school district is on an altered delay or cancellation schedule are excused from attendance at JEL/Cosmetology.

School Closing
In the event of school CANCELLATION, Before and After Care (BAC) will be made available for registered students at Pleasant View Elementary UNLESS otherwise noticed.  (If Boone County “State of Emergency” is declared BAC is closed.)
In the event of a midday or other emergency school dismissal, BAC will be provided at the regular school site for registered students UNLESS otherwise noticed by ZCS or if a Boone County “State of Emergency” is declared.
Universal Preschool Closing Policy:

On days when ZCS is cancelled, Universal Preschool and BAC will operate on the regular schedule at one location for the district -- Pleasant View Elementary. Parents will bring students to Door #3.  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.


Developmental Preschool Closing Policy:

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.  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.


Before and After Care (BAC) During a School Cancellation Day:

BAC will open starting at 6:45am for registered students.  There is no car line. Parents will bring students to door #3. Please remember to send a sack lunch and napping items for preschoolers. You may receive additional information from the Office of the Superintendent.


When school is cancelled for any reason, our default response is to immediately deploy an e-day during which all students will have remote learning for that day—unless otherwise noted in school communications from the Superintendent Office or designee. You will receive additional information about the e-Day from your child's school.
When school is closed, content will be released by teachers by 9:00AM via Canvas (our learning management system).  On unexpected e-Days, we default to asynchronous (not live teaching on ZOOM or similar). However, if a grades 5-12 teacher decides to offer some synchronous teaching or check-in on an e-Day, the teacher will adhere to the normal schedule time of  the class.
Elementary students are given extra time to respond to teacher assignments on e-Days. Details will be provided in the school's e-Day information. 
Grades 5-12 have 1:1 computing, so the assignments are due that day, or in accordance with teacher direction.
If e-Days are not possible for missed instructional days not waived by the state of Indiana, the superintendent or designee will indicate the required make-up days and their location(s) on the school calendar.