MSCS cancels after-school care and events, dismisses early Friday for severe storms

The logo of the Memphis Shelby County Schools district
Memphis-Shelby County Schools students will head home early Friday because of the weather. (Ariel Cobbert for Chalkbeat)

Due to forecasted storms, Memphis-Shelby County Schools students will head home early Friday. All after-school care and events are canceled, the district announced

The announcement came as the National Weather Service upgraded weather risks to the Memphis area to the highest severity: Forecasted storms are expected to include high-speed winds and possible tornadoes. 

Storms could start at 2 p.m. Friday and continue through the afternoon, evening and overnight until 2 a.m., according to the weather service. 

The dismissal schedule, based on school bell times, is below: 

  • Schools starting at 7:15 a.m. will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.
  • Schools starting at 8:15 a.m. will dismiss at 1 p.m. 
  • Schools starting at 9:15 a.m. will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. 

MSCS’ district offices will also close early at 1:45 p.m. 

Laura Testino covers Memphis-Shelby County Schools for Chalkbeat Tennessee. Reach Laura at

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