Inclement Weather

School Delay & Closure Notifications

The winter weather season is here. Parents are encouraged to stay connected with the district in several ways to learn of school cancelations. Additional information is available on our Inclement Weather FAQs page.

If school is canceled due to snow or inclement weather, the information will be available in the following ways:
  • Notification to families and staff via the phone, text, and/or email contact information on file
  • Local television and radio stations
  • District website (
  • Social media pages (Visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or search for Topeka Public Schools)
To sign up for text message updates, text Y to 67587. To learn more about school delays and closures, please review our How We Communicate With Families document.


Athletics & Activities

The final decision about whether to cancel school activities will be made by the district athletic director. Administrators understand the importance of these activities, but the safety of students is the top priority.

If school has been canceled for the entire day:

  • Normally all middle school and elementary school activities (practices, games, and other activities) will be canceled.
  • While normally high school activities are canceled, the District Athletic Director makes the final decision to address practices, contests, and travel to events outside the city.
  • Updates on the status of scheduled activities and events will be communicated by building administrators, coaches/sponsors when final decisions have been made.

Plan A Inclement Weather Procedures: No School

  • All school buildings are closed
  • School facility rental is generally canceled unless otherwise approved by district administration
  • Students do not report to school
  • Essential staff report to work unless directed otherwise by district administration or the immediate supervisor
  • Activities:
  • Communication regarding high school activities will be made by the District Athletic Director 
  •  Normally no  elementary or middle school activities or athletics
  • Please direct specific questions regarding your school to your building administrator


Plan B Inclement Weather Procedures: Delayed Start

Due to inclement weather, Topeka Public Schools will implement plan “B” as outlined below.

  • All school buildings will have a 2-hour delayed start
  • Buses will pick up students on a 2-hour delay (Follow along on the Here Comes the Bus app - View app download and setup instructions below)
  • Schools will be serving cold item breakfast
  • Staff will report at the time communicated by their immediate supervisor
  • School doors will open to students two hours from their normal time (example: if doors normally open at 8:20 AM, doors will open at 10:20 AM during delayed start)
  • Normally there are no before-school programs for students unless otherwise communicated by the school principal
  • Please direct specific questions regarding your school to your building principal


District Mobile App

The TPS mobile app, TPS Engage, gives students, families, staff, and the community a more convenient way to stay informed about what’s happening in our schools. This free app gives you access to news, social media feeds (no social media accounts needed), district and school calendars, notifications, staff contact information, and more. 

Download from the App Store or Google Play by searching for Topeka Public Schools.


Here Comes the Bus App

Families can stay updated on transportation by downloading the Here Comes the Bus app!
  • View the real-time location of your child’s bus.
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts.
  • Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, every time.
How to get started:
  1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app* or visit
  2. Sign Up by going to the Here Comes the Bus website.
  3. Enter school code 29036 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
  4. Complete the “User Profile” box
  5. Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number
  6. Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

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