Inclement weather student guidelines for Phase 1 of 2020-21 school year

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has inclement weather procedures in place for Phase 1 – virtual learning for all students – for the 2020-21 school year. A new code, Code V, has been added to the procedures. Inclement weather announcements include procedures for both students and CCPS staff.

Inclement weather announcements are posted at ccboe.com and CCPS social media, sent to parents with an email address on file with CCPS, and recorded on the 24-hour information line at 301-934-7410/301-932-6656. The 24-hour information line has a Spanish option. Callers can press 1 for Spanish. Parents can opt-in for text message updates by texting Y or YES to 67587 (option available only for parents or CCPS staff).

The following are procedures as of Feb. 10, 2021, that affect students.

** New code – Virtual instruction, Code V: CCPS buildings and offices closed
  • Virtual instruction starts on time for all students.
  • Learning support centers and internet cafes at schools are closed. This includes those students who are bused to internet cafes for technology access.
  • All CCPS meal service is canceled. This includes both curbside meal distribution sites and the mobile meals program.
  • Some students may be assigned asynchronous lessons from teachers without reliable internet access. Teachers will email students and parents, or post instructions on their class website in StudentVue.
  • Students who do not have access to virtual instruction on a Code V day: parents must submit an absence note to the school for an excused absence. Students will have 72 hours to access recorded instruction and allowed to make up assignments.


Virtual instruction one-hour delay, Code 1

  • Virtual learning starts one hour late for students.
  • Learning support centers and internet cafes at all schools are closed.
  • Curbside morning meal service (7 to 8 a.m.) and mobile meal service is canceled. Curbside meal sites operate the afternoon distribution as usual from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Students enrolled in morning prekindergarten classes begin classes one hour late.
  • Afternoon prekindergarten classes start on time.


Virtual instruction two-hour delay, Code 2

  • Virtual learning begins two hours late for students.
  • Learning support centers and internet cafes at all schools are closed.
  • Curbside morning meal service (7 to 8 a.m.) and mobile meal service is canceled. Curbside meal sites operate the afternoon distribution as usual from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • The morning prekindergarten program is canceled.
  • Afternoon prekindergarten classes start on time.


Schools closed, Code Red

  • No virtual instruction takes place.
  • School buildings and offices are closed.
  • CCPS meal sites are closed.


Schools closed, Code Blue

  • No virtual instruction takes place.
  • School buildings and offices are closed.
  • CCPS meal sites are closed.

How To Get School Closure News

Call the 24-hour information line at
301-934-7410 or 301-932-6655.

Check the website at www.ccboe.com.

Provide a valid email address to your child's school to receive an email notification.

Follow us on Twitter @ccps.

Check for Facebook updates at
Charles County Public Schools.

Text Messages from CCPS
Parents and guardians can opt-in to receive text message alerts from CCPS through School Messenger. Parents/guardians must have a cell phone number listed on their child's emergency notification card. To opt-in, text Y or YES to 67587. Users will then receive a confirmation text. Parents who change cell phone numbers during the school year must contact their child’s school to update their information. Text STOP to 67587 at any time to stop receiving text message alerts from CCPS. Standard text message rates by cell phone carriers apply. This feature is available only to parents and staff, as the system uses data included in CCPS records. 

Notification by Charles County CNS
Receive free email and text message notification from the Citizen Notification Service (CNS). Visit http://www.charlescountymd.gov/CNS 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 www.ccboe.com/pr and enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box.