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Inclement Weather Procedures

Background:
Specific procedures are required to provide clear directions for closing schools, delayed openings, early dismissals, and cancellation of school activities because of inclement weather or other emergencies. The procedures and subsequent public announcements must be easily understood by all staff and by all members of the school community. Since each situation is unique, the Superintendent of Schools must make decisions at various times during the day, and those decisions must be communicated to a variety of interested parties in a swift and precise manner.

Discussion:
Essentially there are three scenarios for which procedures are developed. They are closing schools for students; closing schools and offices; closing schools and offices with essential personnel reporting.

Schools Closed: Code BLUE Harford County Public Schools are closed today.
Schools are closed for students and teachers. School offices and school system central offices will open on time. All evening activities are cancelled.

Schools and School Offices Closed: Code GREEN

All schools and offices are closed. Only those identified as Essential Personnel will report according to specific directions upon arrival. No second shift custodians on duty. All daycare and all evening activities are cancelled.

Schools and School Offices Closed: Code RED

All schools, school offices, and central offices are closed. All daycare and all evening activities are cancelled. No second shift custodians on duty.