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Delay Schedule & Cancelations

The decision to call a delay schedule or cancelation is one that we take very seriously. We must take into account current road and weather conditions, temperature and windchill factors as well as the forecast. In addition, ABC Transit, our bus company, employs safety coordinators who travel throughout our district in order to report road conditions during times of ice and snow.

Typically, the decision to delay or cancel school is made prior to 5:30 a.m. However, there are occasions that changing road/weather conditions will necessitate a later decision.

In the event of a school cancelation, the elementary school’s six-day schedule will not skip days. (For example: School is closed on a Day 4. The next day when students return will be a Day 4. All days will shift forward for the remainder of the school year.) Elementary lunch menus will be updated and reposted online to reflect changes in the six-day schedule.

Delay Schedule

  • North Hills High School classes begin at 8:50 a.m. (Buses will be delayed 1 hour and 30 minutes.)
  • North Hills Middle School classes begin at 9:35 a.m. (Buses will be delayed 1 hour and 45 minutes.)
  • Highcliff Elementary and West View Elementary classes being at 10:30 a.m. (Buses will be delayed two hours.)
  • McIntyre Elementary and Ross Elementary classes begin at 11:15 a.m. (Buses will be delayed two hours.)

All buses will be delayed for the same amount of time as your student's school. 

All non-public school buses including charter schools will be delayed two hours except for Eden Christian School - Mt. Nebo Campus, which will follow the high school delay schedule.

In the event of a delay schedule, A.W. Beattie Career Center also will be canceled.

Morning Care will not be available at elementary buildings, however cold breakfast options (cereal, fruit, etc.) will be available during the following hours:
  • High School - 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches also will be available.
  • Middle School - 9:10 to 9:25 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches also will be available.
  • West View and Highcliff - 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
  • McIntyre and Ross – 11 to 11:15 a.m.

Communicating About Delay Schedules and Cancelations

The district uses multiple tools to communicate closings/delays including the following:

  • District website ( - Information regarding delay schedules/cancelations is posted prominently on the district’s website. Information is available here before anywhere else.
  • E-link - Email notification is sent to all E-link subscribers. Individuals can subscribe using multiple email addresses (home, work, etc.)
  • Automated Phone and Text Message System - Automated phone calls and text messages between 5 and 6 a.m. If you would like added to or removed from the call/text list, please contact your child's school building and have the following information ready:
      1. Student's Name
      2. School
      3. Number you would like to be added or deleted
Please be aware that a cell phone number must be listed on your student's account and noted as a cell phone number to receive text messages. 
  • App - A push notification is sent to all devices who have downloaded the district's app and opted in for push notifications.
  • Facebook: A status update is added to the district’s Facebook page.
  • Twitter: A tweet is sent to all @north_hills subscribers.
In addition, the district notifies the three local television news stations (KDKA, WTAE, WPXI) of all delays and cancelations. However, please understand that the district does not control how quickly information is updated on-air.
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North Hills School District
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Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Phone: 412-318-1000 Fax: 412-318-1084
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