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Weather Guidelines

Wintry forecasts, severe weather, or poor road conditions can prompt Fayette County Public Schools to change routines or daily schedules in the district. It's a good idea to prepare in advance, especially if you need to arrange child care. We make the announcements as soon as possible through the local news, social media, the district's website, FCPS-ETV, and via phone calls, texts, and emails to our families. Please make sure your child's school registrar has up-to-date phone numbers and emergency contacts for your family.

Students' safety is our top priority. Depending on the conditions, FCPS has these choices:

  1. Use NTI (non-traditional instruction)
  2. Cancel school
  3. Delay the start of school
  4. Dismiss school early

Our goal is to let you know of changes as soon as possible, preferably the evening before the affected school day. However, sometimes we must make the decision early that morning. 

Did you know? A team of district employees monitors the weather conditions along with meteorologists and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Streets and Roads Division. They consider the roads, precipitation, outdoor temperatures, wind chills, current conditions, and the forecast. 

Options & effects


Conditions vary throughout Lexington. One end of the county might be clear while other areas of town are dangerous. With student safety as the guiding priority, FCPS makes decisions based on what's best for the whole community. The district also respects the right of each family to make different choices based on what they feel is best for their children's safety.