Inclement Weather Policy

  • During extremely bad weather, it sometimes becomes necessary for a decision to be made concerning the closing of schools.  When a decision is made in the early morning that schools will be closed for the day or that schools will operate on a delay, the information must be relayed quickly to all students and parents.

    A decision to close schools or operate on a delay will be announced by 6:00 a.m.

    Below is how Gaston County Schools informs students, parents, employees, and the community about weather-related school closings and delays.

    School District Website
    The Gaston County Schools district website – – and your child’s school website.

    GCS Education Station
    The Gaston County Schools Education Station Channel 21 on Time Warner Cable.

    Social Media
    Facebook and Twitter: “Like” us on Facebook – – or follow us on Twitter: @GastonSchools

    Telephone Communication System
    Our automated telephone communication system that calls parents and employees.
    GCS Mobile App
    Download the Gaston County Schools Mobile App from Apple iTunes or Google Play

    Area Radio and TV Stations
    Announcements provided to area FM and AM radio stations and Charlotte television stations.

    Newspaper Websites
    Announcements provided to The Gaston Gazette and The Charlotte Observer for posting online at and

    When a decision to close school or delay the start of school is made, school officials, transportation personnel and law enforcement are primarily concerned with the safety and welfare of all students, parents and employees.

    Please note that the absence of any announcement means that schools will be open as usual.
    If inclement weather forces us to close schools, the Board of Education reserves the right to use early release days and Saturdays as make-up days.