Inclement Weather Notifications
The Board of School Commissioners has updated its policy and administrative regulations on delayed openings and emergency closings of schools, which now includes details regarding essential personnel and liberal leave. Summaries of the policy are provided here.
How to Find Out If Schools and Offices Are Closed
All 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.
To find out if schools are closed or delayed and whether you need to report to work, check your City Schools email. Reporting details (including whether liberal leave is in effect and if union employees and essential employees need to report) will be emailed to all employees as soon as a decision is made.
Additionally, staff can use the following methods to find out about closures or delays:
When the district closes or delays opening, employees who, due to the critical nature of their job functions, are considered directly responsible for the safe opening or closing of schools (including charter and contract schools) must report as scheduled. These include the following staff members:
The CEO may also designate other employees as essential who have been notified of their designation.
All other personnel are considered non-essential.
Liberal leave is a situation in which employees may use accumulated vacation leave, personal leave, or compensatory time, without making the normal, advance-notice request of their supervisor. Department heads may grant time without pay to an employee who has no paid leave available for use.
How Decisions Are Made
Well 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