Emergency Closing

The following procedures will be followed in case of inclement weather or other emergency situation. Please make sure your child knows your plan -- and your back-up plan -- in case of an emergency early dismissal. It may also help to do a "practice run" if this is different than his/her usual routine. You may want to keep this information in writing in your child's backpack. Keep in mind we can only release your child to adults listed on your emergency card. 

Please do not call the school to see if we are open. Check the sources listed below for information -- that's how we hear it, too!

Information on school closings may be found quickly via:

  • MCPS Cable TV: (quickest way to see announcements!)
    • Channel 6 / cable ready
    • Channel 60 / converter box
    • Channel 34 / digital
  • MCPS Web Home Page: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org
  • MCPS Information: 301-279-3673
  • MCPS Call Center: 301-309-MCPS (6277)
  • SchoolsOut.com on the Internet (sign up for automatic e-mail notification)
  • Local radio stations (1500 AM - WTOP; 630 AM - WMAL)
  • Local television stations

The following schedules will be followed for emergency conditions:

Delayed Openings

  • Schools will open two (2) hours later than usual (WLES doors open at 11:00).
  • Students may not arrive at school prior to 11:00 a.m.
  • Buses will run their normal routes 2 hours later than usual.
  • Field trips are cancelled.

Early Dismissals

  • Schools will close two and one-half (2.5) hours early (WLES: 1:00).
  • Buses will run their normal routes 2.5 hours earlier than usual.
  • Students will eat lunch at school.
  • All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled.


  • All instructional programs and extracurricular activities in schools are cancelled.
  • All community activities are cancelled.
  • Private day care providers may stay open if administrative offices are open.