Employee Severe Weather Codes

CODE 1 – One Hour Delay for students.  Staff to report one hour late (except Facilities).

CODE 2Two Hour Delay for students.  Staff to report two hours late (except Facilities).

* CODE 3 Schools Closed.  Eleven (11) and twelve (12) month non-instructional personnel will report on regular schedule unless otherwise notified (see further explanation below).

** CODE 4 System Shut Down.  Only essential personnel will need to report to work. Essential personnel are designated by each department. Facilities will send a recommendation for custodial staff hour and principals will notify if they have specific changes.

*** CODE 5 – School Closed.  Twelve (12) month employees report two hours late. Second shift employees also adjust their shift by two hours. 




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 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 a.m. Please continue to listen to media announcements 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.


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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