Inclement weather procedures

When necessary, the Raymore-Peculiar School District may need to delay the start of the school day by two hours, cancel school, or release school early due to inclement weather. The decision to close school, or to delay the opening of school by two hours, will be made as close to 5:30 a.m. as possible to allow time for media to broadcast this decision prior to most students preparing for the school day.

In the event of a school cancellation, early release, or late start, the district will use all available media to communicate effectively:
  • Our SchoolMessenger service will be used to send a recorded telephone message to all employees and the family of each student.
  • A text message will be sent via Textcaster. You can sign up here.
  • All subscribers of RP Update, the district's electronic newsletter, will receive an email. You can subscribe by sending a message to
  • Information will be shared on local television stations (4, 5, 9, and 41) and many radio stations.
  • An update will be available via the district information line at 816-892-3988.
  • The announcement will be posted on the district website, Facebook page, and via Twitter.
When school is delayed by two hours, the high school will start at 9:25 a.m. (Thursday late start would be normal time), middle schools will begin at 9:35 a.m., and the elementary schools will begin at 10:35 a.m. Regular school closing time will be observed on delayed opening days.

In the event of an unplanned early release, it is important that arrangements have been made for younger children. If you will not be available, please ensure someone is available to care for your child if early dismissal occurs. The decision to close school is always a difficult one. Every effort will be made to consider the safety of the students, the safety of the faculty, and the convenience to parents when making such decisions. Your cooperation, understanding, and assistance is appreciated. However, parents and guardians are in the best position to determine the safety for their students based on nearby conditions.

As temperatures drop, it is important for students to dress appropriately, and allowances for potential bus delays should be part of the planning process. Student drivers are encouraged to use parent or school-provided transportation when road conditions are less than ideal. If you have questions regarding school dismissal, call the building your child attends or the District Administrative Services Center at 816-892-1300.