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How to Receive Emergency Information from MCPS


MCPS uses color codes to indicate the six operational status options: 

Visit the MCPS Operating Status and Color Codes webpage for more information on the colors and meaning. In order for students to experience as few learning disruptions as possible, MCPS will consider a transition to virtual learning (MCPS Operating Status Purple:  Virtual Learning Day) when schools are closed due to inclement weather.

MCPS Inclement Weather Virtual Learning 

Parents and guardians can find more information about MCPS here:

  • MCPS Homepage
    • Weather-related messages are posted in English and Spanish.
  • Alert MCPS
    • Provides emergency information about school operations. Weather-related messages are sent in English and Spanish.
  • MCPS Cable Channels
    • Comcast Channel 34
    • Verizon Fios Channel 36
    • RCN Channel 89
  • Telephone Information Line: 301-279-3673
  • Tune in to local TV and radio stations for emergency information.