By Greg Hambrick
UPDATE Tuesday, 9:08 a.m.: From the Town of Vienna Facebook page:
The Town is closely monitoring the approaching winter storm and staff is preparing to handle the snow. Please monitor weather reports throughout the day and do not travel if you do not need to do so. To report power outages, call Dominion Power at 1-866-366-4357. To report downed trees or other hazards in the roads or right of ways, call 703-255-6366. View information on snow removal in Vienna: http://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?NID=166. To receive emergency information straight to your phone or email, register for Vienna Community Alerts:http://www.viennava.gov/List.aspx.
UPDATE Tuesday, 8:07 a.m.: Town Offices Open, Liberal Leave in Effect; Vienna Community Center Classes Cancelled, January 21
Town offices will be open on Tuesday, January 21, with liberal leave in effect for non-essential personnel. Employees wishing to use liberal leave must contact their supervisor; essential personnel should report to work as scheduled.
Vienna Community Center classes and programs have been cancelled for Tuesday. The center will be open to the public and observing normal operating hours.UPDATE Tuesday 8 a.m.: Message from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: STATUS: FEDERAL OFFICES ARE CLOSED - EMERGENCY AND TELEWORK-READY EMPLOYEES MUST FOLLOW THEIR AGENCY'S POLICIES
FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.
Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:
- required to telework,
- on official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area,
- on leave without pay, or
- on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.
Telework-Ready Employees who are scheduled to perform telework on the effective day of the announcement or who are required to perform telework on a day when Federal offices are closed must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, in accordance with their agency's policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.---
UPDATE: Monday, 10:50 p.m.: A message from FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
All Fairfax County public schools will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Offices will be open with an unscheduled leave policy in effect.
The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
- extracurricular activities
- interscholastic contests
- team practices
- field trips
- middle school after-school programs
- professional learning and training courses
- all adult and community education classes
- recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS
School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
Weather forecasters predict a 100 percent chance of snow Tuesday, with up to 5 inches or more hitting Fairfax County. A three-day weekend may turn into four days off for the kids.
Tuesday's weather forecast in Fairfax County calls for snow and temperatures falling into the single digits and below zero Tuesday night with wind chills.
See: National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning
Fairfax County Schools will not make an announcement if schools start at regular times. First alerts for closings or delays are posted on the school district Web site and FCPS on Facebook.
The district also offers the info:
- On Twitter.
- Posted on TV Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast and Verizon cable customers only).
- Sent via e-mail to parents, employees, and KIT Plus subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings through the Keep in Touch e-mail notification system.
- Called in to area radio and television stations.
- Sent via text message to Keep in Touch Plus subscribers who have opted to receive alerts about Delayed Openings and School Closings.
In laying out the decision process when schools are closed or delayed, the district notes:
The school system understands that its students are better served — both academically and socially — by being in school. On the other hand, the school system knows that it operates within an area whose transportation system has difficulty operating efficiently even when the weather is perfect.
Fairfax County’s transportation system includes high speed, high volume roadways such as Route 66, Route 495, Route 95, the Fairfax County Parkway, and others. The county’s transportation system also includes narrow, winding roads in still relatively rural parts of the county such as Clifton and Great Falls.