Gearing up for winter weather: How to report a school, business closing

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Cars on the street during snow storm in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Meteorologists predict heavy snowfall and sub zero temperatures in the Western Balkans throughout the week. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With winter weather on the way, many are wondering how they can report a closing of their school or business with 8News, here’s all the information you’ll need to do just that.

  • Step 1: Visit our ‘Report a Closing’ webpage
  • Step 2: You must register your school, church or business. 
  • Step 3: To register your organization, email a request on company letterhead (exception for churches) to closings@wric.com. If approved, we will send you a user ID and password to access our closings system. We process new registrations during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Please be sure to include the following information in your letter:

  • Agency name
  • Contact name, number and email
  • Agency address and phone number
  • Agency website (exception for churches)
  • Number of employees or students, if applicable

We include these organizations in our closing system:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools (K-12)
  • Colleges and universities
  • Trade schools (50+ students)
  • Government agencies
  • Licensed, commercial daycares
  • Businesses with 100+ employees
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Churches (for online inclusion only)

We do not include:

  • Doctor and dentist offices
  • Law offices
  • Unlicensed and/or in-home daycares
  • Businesses with fewer than 50 employees
  • Trade schools with fewer than 50 students

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