Inclement Weather/Emergency Closure

Inclement Weather/Emergency Closure

Inclement Weather/Emergency Closure

Graduate School USA Closure Policy

Graduate School USA mirrors the federal government’s Operating Status, as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). With regard to closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies, if the federal government is closed, the School will also be closed.

Should the federal government declare offices open and offer employees the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, classes will begin at their normally scheduled start time (8:30 a.m. for most daytime classes and 6 p.m. for most evening classes).

If the federal government declares a 2 hour delayed opening, classes will begin 2 hours after their normally scheduled start time (usually 8:30 a.m. for most daytime classes). Check your confirmation letter for exact times.

When the federal government declares an early departure, the School will dismiss its classes earlier than normal, based on the circumstances. In those instances, evening classes and activities will be cancelled.

Closing updates will be available on the home page of our website. Classes missed due to these closings may be made up at no cost on a later date. Should you need to reschedule your class, please contact our Customer Relations Center on the next scheduled day of operation at (888) 744-4723 or

Closings/Dismissals in Washington, DC
Weather-related notices will be broadcast on television, radio, School website and other communication channels. There will also be recorded messages at (202) 314-3320, (202) 314-3300, and (888) 744-4723.

Closings/Dismissals in Other Class Locations
For courses scheduled outside of the Washington, DC metro area, the School will make every attempt possible to notify all participants of the course status due to inclement weather or an emergency in the location of the scheduled course. In addition, the School will post a notice on the home page of the website.

Communication Plan
Post policy to website
Place announcement on website about the change
Sheets in student seats
Notice to instructors
Notice to staff