Prepare for emergency school closings
Decisions to close or delay the opening of schools are made as early as possible. Every effort is made to decide by 5 a.m. Once that decision is made, school officials record the information on the 24-hour information line, post it on the website, air the information on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and announce it through the Citizen Notification Service. These are the most reliable sources of Charles County Public Schools information.
Additionally, the school system notifies
Washington metropolitan area radio and television
stations, which are listed on page 10 of
the Parent Handbook/Calendar that is distributed
to all students at the beginning of each
school year. While we provide this information
to the media, we do not have any control
over how quickly, or if, radio or television
stations announce the information.
No announcements are made when
schools are open.
When the weather is bad, the school system
monitors road conditions and regularly
contacts the Charles County Sheriff’s Office,
Maryland State Police, state and county road
departments and the National Weather Service
for road and weather assessments.
Early dismissal/delayed opening
- Parents should create an emergency plan for
their children in the event weather conditions
cause the early dismissal of schools. Go over
that plan with your children so they know
what to do if schools dismiss early. Devise
plans for one-, two- and three-hour early dismissals.
We try to avoid early dismissals, but
they are necessary when weather conditions
threaten the safety of our students. Decisions
to close early are usually made by 10:30 a.m.
On early dismissal days, morning prekindergarten
students remain at the school, receive
lunch (to be reimbursed by parents) and ride
or walk home at the scheduled dismissal time.
- A delayed opening permits buses to operate
under safer conditions after traffic has diminished
and roads are salted and/or cleared.
Buses start routes one or two hours later than
scheduled. If there is a one-hour delayed
opening, morning prekindergarten starts one
hour late. If schools open two hours late, 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 schools are closed or dismiss early, all
after-school activities/meetings are canceled.
- If schools remain open, but 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.
Weather varies throughout the county
Weather conditions in one part of the
county, such as icy or flooded roads, might
cause a delayed opening or early closing even
if the roads in your neighborhood appear safe.
Charles County Public Schools operates as a
system, and unless there is an isolated closing
of one school, announcements are for all
public schools in Charles County. The safety
of our students and staff is our first priority.
Maryland law requires schools to operate
180 days each school year. 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.