Inclement Weather Policy

Pinecrest School follows Fairfax County Public School’s school closing and delay decisions.  


Usually, Pinecrest School follows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for inclement weather closures. If we choose to make a different choice based on the unique conditions at Pinecrest versus the entire FCPS area we will notify the community as soon as possible.


In situations where Pinecrest uses discretion to independently open Pinecrest the decision as to whether or not to open the school will be made by the HoS, and this decision will be communicated to families no later than 6:00 a.m. by email and text alert on the school day in question.


If FCPS has a delayed opening, Pinecrest will announce as soon as possible if it is a two-hour delay, one-hour delay, or regular opening based on the weather at the school’s location. Dismissal times do not change when there is a delayed opening. 


Unless an extenuating circumstance persists, such as lack of electricity or water or similar, Pinecrest will not decide until FCPS does. If it is necessary to close school early because of bad weather or an emergency situation, the Pinecrest School Emergency Preparedness Plan will be implemented as needed. School closings and delayed openings are announced to the school community via our distribution lists and via our text alert system. 


Information on when the county schools are closed can be accessed at fcps.edu, found on their social media – Twitter or Facebook) or heard early in the morning over most local television or radio stations.