With winter weather, it is snow day season. Our Snow Day Planner will help you find school & other closures, child care, and activities.
It looks like school is in session throughout the region today. But it is good to review procedures and camp options for future snow days.
School Closure Procedures
The first thing to check on a snowy day is for school closures. ClickOnDetroit.com is a great resource for a comprehensive list of school closures.
The more complicated situation is what happens when snow arrives during the school day. A few years ago they did close school early. That was a logistical nightmare. I know our school required everyone to confirm what to do with their elementary school student who rode the bus. Even as someone who picked up their child, they still asked us to confirm receiving the message. My guess is that they try to avoid this situation.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Weather Closures
Ann Arbor Public Schools will call, email, and text your on file numbers. It is not unusual to receive a call around 5a. AAPS also has a phone hotline and posts on social media and their website.
Phone Hotline: 734-994-8684
Ann Arbor Public Schools on Facebook
Ann Arbor Public Schools on Twitter
Ann Arbor Public Schools Home Page
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Ypsilanti Community Schools will make phone calls to the on file number beginning at 6a.
Ypsilanti Community Schools on Facebook
Ypsilanti Community Schools on Twitter
Ypsilanti Community Schools Home Page
Lincoln Consolidated Schools
Lincoln School District aims to notify families by 5:30a since the earliest bus pickups are at 6:20a. Families will receive a phone call. There will also be a notice on the district’s website and social media.
Lincoln Consolidated Schools on Facebook
Lincoln Consolidated Schools on Twitter
Lincoln Consolidated Schools Website
Dexter Community Schools
Dexter Community Schools has an App that will provide information on weather related closures. They will also call and email with information on closures.
Dexter Community Schools on Facebook
Dexter Community Schools Website
Saline Community Schools
Snow Day Camps
There are a few locations that run camps on snow days. When the weather looks threatening, check with them the day before if you need to pre-register.
- Camp Location: Flipside Art Studio Ann Arbor, 255 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Categories: Art
- Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School
- Camp Location: Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
- Categories: Sport
- Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders
If you have to get to work, you can also check with a neighbor or with your child’s friends – especially if you just need care for a meeting, appointment, teaching a class, etc.
A snow day is the perfect day for sledding – just pick one near home or wait for the roads to improve later in the day.
Before heading out anywhere, check the traffic map and for places that are closed.
Depending on the severity of the storm, roads are often better in the afternoon. In addition to sledding, the Ann Arbor libraries are great options,
At Home Activities
Snow Days are a good day to catch up on any homework or projects. Over the years, we have definitely spent a few January/February snow days working on a science fair project. My daughter has about 5 minutes of data collection left to work on this week – then putting the board together.
Snow Days are a good day for movies at home. Check out our list of Snow/Winter themed movies streaming with various subscription services.
Have you ever made Snow Cream? We had fun making it during a big snowstorm a few years ago.