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Inclement Weather/Delays

If weather conditions pose a potential hazard to students, school officials may dismiss students early, delay opening schools or close schools for the day. If conditions require the closing or delayed opening of schools, decisions are made by 5 a.m. and radio and television stations are immediately notified. The 24-hour information lines, 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656, carry up-to-date details. When possible, decisions are made the preceding evening. If schools are to remain open, no announcements are made.

A delayed opening permits buses to operate under safer conditions after traffic has diminished and roads are salted and/or cleared. Buses run their routes one or two hours later than scheduled. If there is a one-hour delayed opening, morning kindergarten starts one hour late. If schools open two hours late, morning prekindergarten is canceled. School for students in the three-year-old program is canceled if there is a one-hour or two-hour delay.

If it becomes necessary to close schools during the day, local radio and television stations are notified and asked to make announcements, usually by 10:30 a.m. Morning prekindergarten and kindergarten students will remain at school, be served a lunch (to be reimbursed by parents) and ride or walk home at the scheduled dismissal time. Afternoon and evening meetings and activities are canceled if schools close early, or are closed for the day. If hazardous weather is predicted for later in the evening, afternoon activities may be allowed and evening activities may be canceled. Afternoon activities are those that end by 6 p.m. Evening activities begin at 6 p.m. or later.

24-Hour Information Lines:


Parent information about school closings or delays

Staff information about school closings and delays

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Notification by E-mail or Text

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We post a weather alert press release any time school status is affected by inclement weather. Subscribers receive our press releases by email the instant they are posted to our site. To subscribe to our press releases visit and enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the left side of the page.

Emergency Closing Days

Four inclement weather days are built into the calendar. If they are not used, they will be deducted from the end of the school year. In the event that harsh weather causes conditions requiring the use of more than four inclement weather days, the addition of school days will occur in the following order: Feb. 18 (Presidents Day), April 5, 4, 3 and 2.


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