Closing/Delay information

 Inclement Weather

In the event of delay or cancellation of school, parents and employees of ZCS will be notified via our email message service, SMS text, and automated phone call. Local TV stations will be notified of our situation as well.  If you have requested that your cell phone number be added to our emergency contact system for text messages and did not receive one, you may need to opt-in.  To do so, text the word “YES” to 68453 from each wireless device you wish to receive texts on.  If you have any questions, please contact your school secretary. 
School Delay/Closing Information 

If ZCS schools are closed, BAC will run as follows:
  • BAC will NOT operate if a state of emergency is declared in Boone County. 
  • School Cancellation: BAC will be made available at our Pleasant View Elementary site only.
  • Midday Cancellation: BAC will be provided at your child’s regular site until 6:00 PM.
Two Hour Delay Bell Schedules for 1-4 Grades at Elementary schools: 
Entry Bell 9:50 am
Start of School/Tardy Bell 10:00 am
End of School Bell  2:30 pm
Bus Dismissal  2:40 pm
Universal Preschool 2 Hour Delay Procedure
Universal Preschool operates on a 2-hour delay. Children may attend Universal Preschool on a snow day cancellation-- in a cancellation situation, the Universal Preschool is open (ONLY at Pleasant View Elementary) unless the county declares a weather emergency.
Emergency Announcements
Zionsville Community Schools utilizes an automated telephone and email system to notify all parents when an emergency announcement is necessary. The usefulness of this system is only as good as the telephone and email emergency contact information parents supply to our schools. School delay/cancellation information is also posted on the ZCS website, recorded on the greetings of district telephones, and is provided to local media outlets. In combination, these modes of communication serve to keep parents informed when weather or other emergencies cause schedule or calendar alterations. 
After School Cancellations
Due to the age of our student population and the importance of having parents/childcare present when children are home, Zionsville only calls for an unscheduled early release in extremely extenuating circumstances. Threatening weather or other circumstances may, however, require that all after school and evening activities be cancelled. When this is the case, the activities of all organizations using our buildings are also cancelled (i.e., clubs, sports, scout meetings, etc.). 
Parent Determination
Even if the schools are open, the final decision about a child's attendance remains with the parent. A decision to close or open school cannot take into account every circumstance. We can best protect the safety and welfare of all students if parents decide what is best for their student with regard to attendance.
Impact of Severe Weather
On days with inclement weather, buses may run very late. In addition to traffic jams, heavy snow generally results in unplowed roadways, narrowed streets and reduced corners, which can significantly impact bus progress. Because of this, it is up to the parent to decide if alternate transportation is possible or desirable. If you decide to drive your child to school, consider carpooling with neighbors to help reduce traffic congestion. Also, please shovel your bus stops and sidewalks so that our students can walk safely.