Weather Cancellations

  • Cancellation Policy

    Typically, Rec & Ed activites and classes are cancelled whenever the Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather. There may be exceptions for activities held in non-school buildings. 

    Rec & Ed activities for youth programs, high school students and adults may be cancelled when the Civil Preparedness office issues a severe weather or tornado WARNING.

    When a school building is closed due to power loss or other facility problems, the Rec & Ed activities in that school are cancelled.

    For other concerns, call the Rec & Ed Office during regular business hours at
    734-994-2300, ext. 0.

    Call 734-994-2300 and the extension 
    Department Wide ext. 53114
    Team Sports ext. 53115 or click here
    Tennis ext. 53117
    Fitness ext. 53132 


    Rec & Ed Severe Hot Weather Policy

    Rec & Ed monitors all heat advisories and weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service. When the heat index is high, we provide frequent water breaks, reduce outdoor activity and/or indoor movement and monitor participants for weather related concerns. If temperatures exceed 100 degrees, additional safety measures are taken. If extreme heat continues and participants have no access to air conditioning, activities may be canceled for that day. We will make every attempt to notify participants in advance of cancellations.

    AAPS Board of Education policy requires the cancellation of practices and games when the temperature is over 85 degrees AND the humidity is over 70%. Temperature 85° to 100° F, humidity under 70%: all athletes should be monitored constantly and carefully Temperature 85° to 100° F and higher, humidity over 70%: suspend practice.


    Rec & Ed Poor Air Quality Policy

    Rec & Ed monitors all air quality alerts and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. When activities require outdoor participation, we refer to to help make decisions. We will make every attempt to notify participants in advance of cancellations.

    Please note the following guidance:

    People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens:

    • Avoid physical activities outdoors.

    Everyone else:

    • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

    • Keep outdoor activities short.

    • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

    *Air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger attacks. Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and chest tightness. Even individuals who do not have asthma could experience these symptoms.

    If symptoms occur:

    The student might need to take a break, do a less intense activity, stop all activity, go indoors or use quick-relief medicine as prescribed. If symptoms don't improve, get medical help.

    Communication Re: cancellations

    School closure info is announced via TV and radio. Families with children enrolled in AAPS also receive a phone call. All Rec & Ed activities are cancelled when school is closed. 

    Rec & Ed activities that are cancelled due to weather during non-school hours (such as evenings) will be:

    • Posted on the website
    • Posted on the Rec & Ed Facebook Page
    • Hotlines
    • May also receive an email or phone call from Rec & Ed staff