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How Weather Decisions Are Made

For information about school closures, early releases, or delayed openings, please visit MCPS’s website:


  • If schools are closed or delayed, the announcement is made no later than 5:00 a.m. (or the night before if possible).

    • Delayed opening means students start the school day two hours later than the normal start time which will be 11:25am.  Buses will also run on a two-hour delay schedule (ex. 8:50am bus will arrive at 10:50am on delayed openings). 

    • Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled.

  • If schools are closing early, the announcements are made by 11:00 a.m.

    • Schools may be closed 2.5 hours early, and all operations affecting the dismissal of students, including bus transportation, will be activated 2.5 hours earlier than the regular school closing time. 

    • Students will be dismissed at 1:20 pm on early release closures. 

    • Midday Head Start and afternoon prekindergarten are canceled.