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."
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.
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.
Schools and offices remain open if, based on the conditions and weather forecasts, it is determined that students and staff can travel safely to their school or office.
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.