Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is using a new notification system that allows parents to sign up to receive e-mails and/or text messages when schools are closed, delayed or closing early due to inclement weather.

The Charles County Citizen Notification System (CNS) is a free service that allows citizens to receive timely notifications about events and activities throughout the county. Notifications can be sent in either e-mail and/or text form to a computer or cell phone. Text messages from CCPS will only be sent when the school schedule changes due to inclement weather or other crisis situations.

This service is in addition to the standard school system notifications for closings or delays. CCPS will continue to provide closing and delay information on its 24-hour information line, at, Twitter and television and radio stations listed on page 10 of the 2011-12 Parent Handbook/Calendar.

Charles County is dedicated to keeping its citizens informed and wants to ensure good communication. Participation is voluntary, and parents must subscribe to receive notifications. CNS is being offered through a partnership with Charles County Government.

To become a CNS subscriber:

  • Click on the Citizen Notification (CNS logo) link on the left-hand side of the school system's Web page at
  • This takes you to a registration page. You must supply an e-mail, create a password and put in your zip code. There are spaces for your name and address, but supplying that information is optional.
  • You can choose to receive e-mail and/or text notifications. If you choose to receive text messages, you will be asked to supply your cell phone number (enter without dashes) and select your phone carrier. There is no charge to receive text messages; however, standard text message fees by your carrier apply.
  • A new screen will pop up. Click the plus sign for Charles County Public Schools and check School closings/Delays. Other agencies also offer information parents may wish to sign up for such as emergency weather alerts and road closings. A complete menu of options can be found by clicking the plus sign next to each agency name.
Participation is voluntary. You can unsubscribe from the service at any time.

Please e-mail with questions or for more information about the school system's participation with CNS.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.