Severe Weather

  • Inclement weather can sometimes impact the normal operation of Vestavia Hills City Schools. Severe weather season in central Alabama lasts throughout the entire school year; winter weather occasionally affects school schedules as well. Vestavia Hills City Schools students, families, and staff can expect to receive prompt communication from the school system during these weather events.

    The decision to change school schedules due to weather is made by the superintendent. To aid in the decision-making process, Vestavia Hills City Schools is a partner of Decision Support Services at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, which provides forecasts to schools and government agencies during major weather events. VHCS also maintains partnerships with local law enforcement and emergency management agencies for guidance on the weather’s impact on the community.

Common Weather Decisions

  • Delay

  • Early Dismissal

  • Closure

  • Shelter In Place

How We Communicate

  • We will communicate weather decisions directly to students, families, and employees through the VHCS mass notification system. Families provide their contact information to VHCS during the school registration process each year. We encourage you to keep your contact information up to date with your student’s school at all times to ensure you receive these notifications. Weather announcements are also posted on the VHCS website and social media, and shared with local print/broadcast media.