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Student Transportation Inclement Weather Plan

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Student Transportation (DOT) will be operating as follows during periods of inclement weather. These guidelines apply to all DCPS, non-public, and public charter schools.

  • Code Red – No transportation
  • Code Yellow – Limited transportation
  • Code Green – Fully operational

Alternative Transportation

Parents/guardians are responsible for arranging alternative transportation if their child’s school chooses to remain open when OSSE DOT is not providing services due to inclement weather. If a parent/guardian decides to take the student to school when the District is closed due to inclement weather, OSSE-DOT will not provide reimbursement. Parents/ guardians should contact the student’s school or LEA directly for updates about school operating statuses.

Unsafe Road Conditions

In addition to the above procedures, OSSE DOT bus drivers are empowered to use discretion and not take a bus on a street they believe to be not passable, even when school is open. In such cases, OSSE DOT’s Parent Resource Center will make every effort to contact parents/guardians to inform them of the situation and attempt to obtain alternate pick up arrangements where available, such as the main intersection. Please expect delays in this event.

Transportation Status Updates

On days with inclement weather, OSSE DOT will send transportation status reports to schools and parents/guardians via automated text and telephone messages. It is imperative that parents/guardians keep their contact information updated with their child’s school to ensure they receive these automated messages. If you are a parent, please contact your student's school or school district directly for updates about your student's school opening status, delays, or early dismissals.

Transportation status updates will also be posted regularly during inclement weather on OSSE’s website, and social media outlets, including Facebook, and X.