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Inclement Weather/Delays

Information about school closings or delays

If weather conditions pose a potential hazard to students, school officials may dismiss students early, delay the opening of schools or close schools for the day. If conditions require the closing or delayed opening of schools, decisions are usually made by 5 a.m. The most reliable sources of school closing information are the school system's 24-hour information line and website, The 24-hour information line is 301-934-7410/301-932-6656. If possible, decisions are made the preceding evening. Charles County Public Schools also uses its notification system, School Messenger, to send email notification to parents with a valid email address on file with their child's school. Television and radio stations are also notified (see page 10 of the Parent Handbook/Calendar).

A delayed opening permits buses to operate under safer conditions after traffic has diminished and roads are salted and/or cleared. Buses run routes one or two hours later than scheduled. If there is a one-hour delayed opening, morning prekindergarten classes start one hour late. If schools open two hours late, morning prekindergarten classes are canceled.

If it is necessary to close schools during the day, local radio and television stations are notified and asked to make announcements, usually by 10:30 a.m. Morning prekindergarten students will remain at school, be served a lunch (cost to be reimbursed by parents) and will ride the bus or walk home at the scheduled dismissal time. Afternoon and evening meetings and activities are canceled if schools close early, or are closed for the day. If hazardous weather is predicted for later in the evening, afternoon activities may be allowed and evening activities may be canceled. Afternoon activities are those that end by 6 p.m. Evening activities begin at 6 p.m. or later.

If schools are closed, the AlphaBest program at county elementary schools does not operate. If the opening of schools is delayed by one hour, the program opens at 7 a.m. If the opening of schools is delayed by two hours, the program opens at 8 a.m. If schools close early for the day, the AlphaBest program operates for three hours from the time of dismissal, or until the last child is picked up for the day. Call 301-632-6804 for more information.

Notification by email/text message
Receive free email and text message notification from the Citizen Notification Service (CNS). Visit to sign up. Select Charles County Public Schools notifications.

Notification by press release
We post a weather alert press release any time school status is affected by inclement weather. Subscribers receive our press releases by email the instant they are posted to our website. To subscribe, visit and enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box.

Emergency closing days
Five inclement weather days are built into the calendar. If they are not used, they will be deducted from the end of the school year in the following order: June 15, 14, 13, 12 and 11.

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