Call-outs, Closures, and Dismissal Information


Because inclement weather always is a possibility during the winter months, we offer this informational page to let students, families, and staff know how, and where, information on school closures or delays will be announced.

The decision to call an inclement weather delay, or close school, because of weather is rooted in the safety of all our students and staff.


How a Decision to Delay or Close Schools is Made

Making a decision to delay school start times or close schools on an inclement weather day is based on information provided to the district leadership team by staff who evaluate information from many different public agencies, as well as reports received from MNPS employees who evaluate travel conditions throughout Davidson County.

It is important to note that hazardous or icy conditions may affect transportation options in parts of our large county that may not be apparent in other areas.

Our team's intent is to notify families by at least 5:30 a.m. of school delays or closures based on the information available to us at the time of a decision.



Telephone Calls

In case of school start delays or closures, families will be notified via a telephone call to the primary phone number listed with their student's school.

A Note about the Telephone Call-Outs:

We serve more than 80,000 students and our call-out system cannot call all our families at the same time. The notification may take a few minutes after the notification is sent to reach your family. For that reason, we also post to the website and to our social media accounts as soon as we know schools will delay their opening bell or will close for the day.

Online and @MetroSchools Social Media
  • Check this website for the alert banner that will be added to the top of all website pages in the event of an inclement weather schedule change.
  • Check for announcements on @MetroSchools social media accounts:
Local Media

Look for information on all four major television stations that serve the Davidson County area. Local online news organizations often post the information as well.



Metro School Bus Riders

If schools are delayed, MNPS buses will operate on the delayed schedule. The call-out and social media posts will let you know how long the delay is.

Example: If schools will open two hours late, and a bus is normally scheduled to pick up a student at 7:05 a.m., the delayed pickup time would be 9:05 a.m.

MTA WeGo Riders

Students who use public transportation should visit the MTA WeGo website for route updates and schedule.


Before- and After-Care Schedule

Before- and after-care programs follow the school district's schedule when there are delays or closures. 

One-Hour Late Start
  • Before-care programs open one hour late
  • No change for after-school and after-care programs
Two-Hour Late Start
  • Before-care programs open two hours late
  • No change for after-school and after-care programs
School Closure
  • Before-Care programs are closed
  • After-school and after-care programs are closed
  •  In the event of a school closure, the YMCA Fun Company opens snow sites for children who are enrolled in the program. For a full list, please visit YMCA Fun Co website.

Early Dismissal
  • No change for before-care programs
  • After-school and after-care programs are closed.

After-School Activities and Sports

If school is canceled due to weather, all after-school activities are canceled as well, including sports practice, games, performances, parent meetings, etc. The only exception is TSSAA playoff games, over which MNPS has no jurisdiction.

Inclement Weather Childcare

In the event we are out of school for weather, several school sites will have inclement weather childcare from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. as long as it is safe for their staff to drive.

  • Cane Ridge Elementary
    • 3884 Ashford Trace
    • 615-306-7947
  • Crieve Hall Elementary
    • 487 Hogan Road
    • 615-533-5636
  • Gower Elementary
    • 650 Old Hickory Boulevard
    • 615-533-3632
  • Hattie Cotton Elementary
    • 1033 West Greenwood Avenue
    • 615-642-3053
  • Tulip Grove Elementary
    • 441 Tyler Drive
    • 615-913-6915


Is Your Contact Information up to Date?

It is important your contact information in the Infinite Campus Family Portal is correct to ensure you receive any and all notifications from the school district.

You can double-check or update your contact information in the following ways:


  • If you ever have opted out of the call-out system, you will have to opt yourself back in to receive information.

Additional information can be found on the MNPS Family Portal webpage.

Note: Only telephone and email addresses can be updated online or via the app. Address changes must be made in person.

MNPS Staff

MNPS employees can update contact information through the Employee Self Service linked in the MNPS Intranet.

2023-2024 School Year Closure Tally

Our school district prepares for up to six inclement weather days for this school year. Closures this year:

  • January 16
  • January 17
  • January 18
  • January 19
  • January 22