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School Closings/Delayed Starts/Early Dismissals


The decision to close or postpone school is taken very seriously and is made with collaborative input from state and local safety officials. In some instances, this decision will be made early in the morning, and notifications will be made by 5 a.m. In other instances, this decision will be made the day before. Additionally, some emergencies will occur during the school day causing schools to dismiss early and send students home. In the case of early dismissals, school buses will transport students who are bus riders home via established routes. Parents of car-riders and walkers must make arrangements for pick-up upon notification.


Parents will receive notification via our Blackboard Connect mass notification system. It is imperative that your emergency contact information is kept current to receive emergency phone messages. The District will also use Facebook and Twitter to communicate to parents/students. Please visit this website, click the Twitter logo and sign up to follow Richland Two. Check R2TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12) for announcements about school closings, delays and early dismissals. Information will also be relayed to local media. Please do not call the school or the District Office.


When schools are opened two hours late, the following will apply:

  • Students who ride the bus should report to their bus stops two hours later than usual; Car-riders should report to their schools two hours later than usual.

  • Employees who have not been notified otherwise, should report to work two hours later than normal.

  • Employees who usually start at 8 a.m. will start at 10 a.m. instead.


If the decision is made to cancel school, the day must be made up later in the school year. By state law, the district is required to schedule three inclement weather make-up days in our school calendar. For the 2015-2016 school year, the make-up days are February 15, March 25, and April 29. Students will attend school on these days to make up days missed following flooding in October 2015.