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SCHEDULE CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS

As soon as a decision is made about a schedule change, the information is made available in several ways. BTCS posts to our district's website, social media, and Weather Line, and we notify the local media. BTCS does not control the timing of text messaging and TV/radio announcements that are offered by local media outlets.

STAY INFORMED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • GO ONLINE: Schedule changes will be posted on btcs.org. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for schedule updates.
  • CALL: You can always check for schedule changes by calling the BTCS Weather Line at 423-652-9554.
  • LISTEN/WATCH: We notify the following media outlets when schedule changes have been made:

WCYB-TV WKIN-AM
WJHL-TV WKOS-FM
WKPT-TV WKPT-AM/FM
WCQR-FM WQUT-FM
WGOC-AM WXBQ-AM/FM
WIKQ-FM WZAP-AM
WJCW-AM

  • TEXT: If you would like to receive a text alert when schools are closed or delayed, text BRTN to 62582 to opt-in to the Regional Eye Center Winter Watch. This service is not affiliated with BTCS.

Don't forget to stay informed even on days school is in session and inclement weather may make it necessary to dismiss early.

  • SNOW SCHEDULES: In some instances, the school district utilizes a two-hour delay schedule. Two-hour delays help maximize safety yet minimize the number of closures due to snow.

Elementary Schools: Begin 10:10 a.m./End 3:10 p.m.
Vance/Tennessee High: Begin 9:30 a.m./End 2:30 p.m.  

  • STUDENT SAFETY: The safety of your child is always our number one priority! When inclement weather is occurring, schedule change decisions are taken very seriously. Every effort is made to make safe decisions, while recognizing the importance of time for learning.
  • TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENTS: It is our intent to announce schedule changes as soon as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. In some cases a two-hour delay is used to allow city crews time to clear roads. If conditions do not improve or worsen, an announcement to cancel school will be made by 7:30 a.m.
  • TEMPERATURE-BASED SCHEDULE CHANGES: Parents should also check for schedule changes when extreme cold is forecast, particularly when temperatures dip to near or below zero with wind chill. For a delay to be worthwhile, the forecast will ideally call for a significant improvement in temperatures over the span of the delay. We attempt to announce temperature-based decisions the evening before.
  • MAKE-UP TIME: There are seven days built into the calendar for inclement weather. If more than seven days are missed, the calendar will be reviewed by the director of schools with a recommendation to the school board for action. Parents are encouraged not to make plans or schedule vacations until after June 1 should closings exceed seven days.
  • ATTENDANCE: Bristol Tennessee City Schools respects the rights of parents to keep their children home if they are concerned about hazardous weather. However, Tennessee attendance laws require that students who are not present be marked absent. Procedures for making up missed assignments are the same as for other absences.
  • BREAKFAST/LUNCH: Breakfast and lunch are available at school on two-hour delay days.
  • TRANSPORTATION: While every effort is made by school officials to inspect city streets, we realize road conditions may vary depending upon your location within the city. Therefore, bus drivers are directed to use their best judgment and drive only on streets that are clear. This may cause bus time schedules to vary slightly. To help prevent injury, please remind your children to take extra precautions when walking to meet the bus if snow and ice are present.
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