Emergency & Weather Information

Durham Academy draws students from a large geographical area, and road conditions may vary in periods of inclement weather. Parents are urged to use their own best judgment concerning whether to send a student to school, or to pick a student up before normal dismissal time when weather conditions are severe. 

In the event of a closing or schedule change due to inclement weather or a school emergency, Durham Academy will communicate this information to families in a number of ways.

  • A pop-up announcement will be posted to the homepage of the Durham Academy website (www.da.org).
  • An email and text message will be sent via DA’s Blackboard Connect alert system to all parents based on information listed in the Veracross database. Please check your Veracross profile to make certain your information is listed correctly.
  • Information will be posted on DA’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  • You may call the DA Hotline at 919-489-2534 and choose the appropriate extension for a voice message with division-specific information. In the event of a power outage that affects the campus phone system, please call DA's toll-free hotline, 888-904-9149, for updates.
  • School closings or delays also will be shared with the following TV stations: WTVD (ABC 11), WRAL (CBS 5/FOX 50), WNCN (NBC 17) and News 14 Carolina (Time Warner Cable).

When the weather forecast looks uncertain for the next day, please expect communication by 11 p.m. — and if a decision cannot be reached at that point, expect communication by 5:30 a.m. the following day.

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Leslie King
Director of Communications
C: 678-613-6707 
P: 919-287-1729 

Kathy McPherson
Assoc. Director of Communications
Preschool/Lower School News
Editor, DA Magazine 
919-489-6569 (x6144) 


Melody Butts
Asst. Director of Communications
Middle/Upper School News
Manager, DA website/social media, News & Notes
919-489-6569 (x6145)  

Sarah Tart
Multimedia Specialist
919-489-6569 (x6153)

Tim McKenna
Assoc. Director of Alumni Affairs
919-489-6569 (x6149) 

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