Inclement Weather and School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals
Bad weather or other emergencies can create a situation that makes it unsafe for students, parents, and staff to travel to and from school. Here's what you need to know about "snow days."
Also: Find out about how decisions are made to dismiss early if buildings are too hot or too cold.
How to find out if schools and offices are closedAll full-day closings and delays will be announced as close to 5 a.m. as possible. For early dismissals, announcements are made as soon as the decision is made.
Follow @BaltCitySchools on Twitter. Like the City Schools Facebook page. Make sure your child's school has a cell phone number for you to receive text messages. Parents and guardians can update their contact information through Infinite Campus. (Please note that it can take 24-48 hours for the system to update.) Make sure your child's school has an email address for you to receive email announcements. Parents and guardians can update their contact information through Infinite Campus. Community members can also sign up for emails. (Please note that it can take 24-48 hours for the system to update.) Check City Schools and individual school websites. Watch local tv stations, like the local Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC stations. Listen to local radio stations. Check the Baltimore Sun's school closing database.
How decisions are madeWell before daybreak, staff from City Schools' Operations Office check road conditions, neighborhood sidewalks, school parking lots, and school walkways. They also talk with staff from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the Maryland Mass Transit Administration, and local weather forecasters.City Schools' CEO or designee reviews all the information and makes the decision whether to open schools on time, delay opening schools for two hours, or close schools. The CEO/designee also decides whether conditions are severe enough to close or delay opening the district office at 200 E. North Ave.
Special notes about delayed openings and early dismissals
- Schools may open two hours late when travel conditions at 5 a.m. are determined to be unsafe but are expected to improve.
- When travel conditions are safe at 5 a.m. but are forecast to deteriorate, an initial announcement of a two-hour delayed opening may be made. In this case, depending on how the weather develops, there may be a subsequent decision to close schools. If a reassessment of travel, school-building, or weather conditions indicates that schools should remain closed for the day, an announcement (following the initial delay announcement) will be made by 7 a.m. (or as soon as practicable) announcing City Schools is now closed for the day.If you learn of a delayed opening, please check this and school websites, Twitter, Facebook or local media right before beginning your trip to school, to make sure there has been no further change in schedule.
- A delayed opening means that all morning half-day early learning programs are canceled and school breakfast will not be served.
- When schools open as schedule and weather subsequently deteriorates, schools may close early—usually 2.5 hours ahead of the regularly scheduled dismissal time. Announcements are made via websites, Twitter and local media as soon as transportation can be arranged for students who travel on City Schools-provided buses.
- When schools close early, afternoon early learning programs, extended-day and after-school programs and all interscholastic athletic events are canceled, but lunch is served in all schools.