Q. What is the school’s inclement weather policy in case of excessive heat?
A. If the National Weather Service reports that the heat index at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has reached 90 degrees by 11:00a.m., schools will close two and one-half hours early. School officials will notify area radio and television stations of the closing.
Q. What is the school’s inclement weather policy in case of snow or other similar weather conditions?
A, The Baltimore City Public School System recognizes that winter snow, ice, or other weather conditions can make it unsafe for students, parents, and staff to travel to and from school. The following procedure will be used on school days when weather conditions warrant.
The Baltimore City Public School System’s (City Schools) Department of Facilities, in conjunction with the City’s Department of Transportation and the Mass Transit Administration, will complete a preliminary assessment of the situation by 4:30 a.m. After considering this assessment, and the latest weather forecasts, the City Schools Chief Executive Officer will decide whether to open schools on schedule, delay opening by two hours, or cancel school for the day. This decision will be announced to local television and radio stations and posted on the City Schools website by 5:00 a.m. School officials may decide to delay the opening of schools by two hours if travel conditions are potentially unsafe at 5:00 a.m. but are expected to improve during the day. They may also delay openings if acceptable travel conditions exist at 5:00 a.m., but weather forecasts predict that conditions may soon worsen. In the event of a delayed opening, all half-day, morning pre-k and kindergarten programs will be cancelled and school breakfast will not be served. A two-hour delay announcement may be followed by an announcement that the City Schools is now closed for the day, if a reassessment of conditions so warrants. The decision to close schools after previously announcing a two-hour school delay will be announced to the news media and posted on the City Schools website by 8:00 a.m.
Q. What if weather conditions worsen during the day and students are at school?
A. Schools will open only if the City Schools believes students and staff will be able to travel safely to their destinations. If weather conditions worsen during the school day, the City Schools may announce an early dismissal. The early dismissal of schools requires that schools close two and one-half hours earlier than the regularly scheduled dismissal time. All half-day, afternoon pre-K and kindergarten programs, and all extended-day and after-school programs, including interscholastic athletic events, will be cancelled. Lunch must be served in all schools. Any decision to dismiss schools early will be announced by 10:00 a.m. to the news media.