Severe Weather Codes




Two Hour Delay
Two Hour Delay for students.
Staff report two hours late (except Facilities). 



Work From Home Day - Inclement Weather Assignments for students
School Buildings Closed to Students
Inclement Weather Day Assignments for students**
Twelve (12) month non-instructional personnel consult the MCPS website for arrival time
Teachers do not report unless required to attend scheduled PD and meetings



System Shut Down
Only essential personnel will need to report to work (essential personnel are designated by each department). Facilities staff will receive communication from Operations regarding work times.
No Inclement Weather Day Assignments

**Inclement Weather Day Assignments for Students

Guidance regarding Inclement Weather Day Assignments will be provided prior to the first day of school so that teachers, students, and families will have a clear understanding regarding expectations during a Code B.


General Information

If a decision is made to close schools or open schools late, every effort will be made to make the announcement by 5:30 a.m. 

Should schools be delayed or closed for severe weather, a status is posted on the division website at and on the severe weather phone line at 382-5102.  You also may subscribe to receive a phone call or email in the event of a severe weather delay or closing. The website to subscribe is

Note:  On rare occasions, it may be necessary to make announcements after 5:30 AM. Please continue to monitor the MCPS website and social media channels in case changing weather conditions make it necessary to add or revise the announcement. If you have any questions, please call your principal or supervisor.


If a decision is made to close schools early because of inclement weather, all teachers and instructional aides may leave 30 minutes after students depart unless the building administrator requests staff to stay longer due to the need for added support to help with students.  Essential personnel should remain at their school or building locations at least two (2) hours after students have been dismissed from schools or until all students have arrived safely at home. 

Announcement of early closings will be made by telephone to schools and offices by designated central office staff.  Non-school based personnel should remain at their work site for the normal working day unless specific instructions are provided from the Superintendent’s office concerning early dismissal time.

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