Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) or individual school authorities can close the school gyms due to inclement weather.Whenever FCPS has announced that the schools will be closed for the whole day or closed early due to weather conditions, then all school gyms are closed on that day and all CYA practices/games at the schools are cancelled. FCPS also makes decisions starting Saturday morning on weekend game use. However, a school closure for weather reasons on Saturday does not mean that the gyms will automatically be closed on Sunday. FCPS makes separate determination for Saturdays and Sundays and post this on their website each day.
It is the primary responsibility of each coach to determine whether the school gyms have been closed because of inclement weather andto alert the members of his/her team. Parents can also get information about school closings for themselves. This information can be obtained by watching the FCPS channel 21 (Cox, Comcast and Verizon), by going to the FCPS website (http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml), or by checking the FCPS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fcpsva) or Twitter .Coaches and parents are encouraged to sign up for the FCPS Keep In Touch message service that can broadcast information both to an email address and a cell phone (http://www.fcps.edu/kit/). This service will alert coaches to school closings due to weather orother emergency situations. In addition, coaches should check their e-mails on nights prior to game days or in the mornings on game days if it is or has been snowing.
Neither Nova Field House in Chantilly or the new Hoops Plus facility in Sterling follow the FCPS gym closure guidelines. Instead, game cancellations at these facilities due to weather are decided upon by the CYA Basketball Board in consultation with the facility staff and the officiating organization. This information will be posted on the CYA website. You can also check the website of the Nova Fieldhouse (http://www.novafieldhouse.com) or Hoops Plus (https://www.hoopsplus.net).
As soon as CYA receives information about weather-related cancellations at the schools, Nova Field House or Hoops Plus, these announcements are posted to the Basketball page of the CYA website (www.chantillyyouth.org/basketball) and to the CYA Basketball scheduling website (). CYA will also endeavor to send out a mass e-mail to all CYA participants from both the CYA main website and the scheduling website. In certain circumstances, CYA may cancel games on the weekends due to unsafe driving conditions even if FCPS or Nova Field House/Hoops Plus have not yet made a decision to close their facilities.
Bottom line: On days when it is snowing or significant snow or ice is on the ground, you should check for any school closures or Nova Fieldhouse/Hoops Plus closures before leaving for your game. If it is snowing or sleeting and facilities are open, parents should use their best judgment about whether to take their child to any scheduled game.