COVID Severe Weather Codes

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**Inclement Weather Day Assignments for Students


On Inclement Weather days (Code B and Code C), an asynchronous instructional model will be used to continue instruction.  

  • The school’s “Wednesday and Inclement Weather Day Check-in & Attendance” Form will become active in Google Classroom each Inclement Weather Day by 5:30 AM
  •  Students will complete and submit the “Inclement Weather Day Check-in & Attendance” Form
  •  Teachers will be required to check attendance as well as to document that they have had interaction with all of their students in classes scheduled to meet that day (During Office Hours 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

When the decision to close schools due to severe weather is made the day before a weather event, teachers will provide all students with an “Inclement Weather Day Assignment” for them to work on while schools are closed (based on the anticipated number of days schools will remain closed).  Teachers will make provisions for students who do not have home internet.   


When the decision to close schools due to severe weather is made to close schools on the morning of a scheduled school day (before the school start time), teachers will post an “Inclement Weather Day Assignment” in their Google Classroom for students to work on while schools are closed (based on the anticipated number of days schools will remain closed).  Students will not be penalized for work not completed due to lack of internet at home during a school closure day.



SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAYED OPENINGS


General Information


If a decision is made to close schools or open schools late, every effort will be made to make the announcement by 5:30 a.m. 


Should schools be delayed or close for severe weather, a status is posted on the division website at www.mcps.org and on the severe weather phone line at 382-5102.  You also may subscribe to receive a phone call or email in the event of a severe weather delay or closing. The website to subscribe is forms.mcps.org/delayclosing.asp.


Note:  On rare occasions, it may be necessary to make announcements after 5:30 AM. Please continue to monitor the MCPS website and social media channels in case changing weather conditions make it necessary to add or revise the announcement. If you have any questions, please call your principal or supervisor.



Teacher Obligations on Code A Days:

  • Elementary Teachers prepare Extended Learning Activities for morning students. 
  • Middle and High School Teachers who do not have internet access at home will need to report to school at regular time to conduct remote lessons.

Teacher Obligations on Code B and Code C days:

  • Teachers do not have to report unless required to attend scheduled PD and meetings.
  •  School buildings will be open and available to teachers to use school internet and/or telephones to contact students. 
  •  Teachers may use additional time on Inclement Weather Days for planning. 
    • Teachers may remain in their schools while buildings are open. 
    •  Staff members may bring their own children with them to school buildings while working on Inclement Weather Days. All employees and their children will need to follow all established wellness/ health mitigation measures and procedures while in school buildings.

EARLY RELEASE


If a decision is made to close schools early because of inclement weather, all teachers and instructional aides may leave 30 minutes after students depart unless the building administrator requests staff to stay longer due to the need for added support to help with students.  Essential personnel should remain at their school or building locations at least two (2) hours after students have been dismissed from schools or until all students have arrived safely at home. 


Announcement of early closings will be made by telephone to schools and offices by designated central office staff.  Non-school based personnel should remain at their work site for the normal working day unless specific instructions are provided from the Superintendent’s office concerning early dismissal time.


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