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Inclement Weather and School Closings

All Schools Operating on Normal Posted Schedule

*All Alerts will be displayed on this page, and at the top of the home page of HCPS.org




Normal School Hours of Operation

Schools Starting Time Dismissal
High Schools* 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Middle Schools* 8:15 a.m. 2:45 p.m.
Elementary Schools** 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
John Archer School 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Prekindergarten a.m.*** 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Prekindergarten p.m.*** 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Full-Day Kindergarten 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

 

*North Harford Middle School operates on the same schedule as North Harford High School.

**Bakerfield, Bel Air, Deerfield, Forest Lakes, Havre de Grace, Red Pump and William S. James elementary schools operate on the fourth tier busing schedule, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

***Fourth tier busing schedule for prekindergarten, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.




How to Get Notified about School Closings

Parent Portal
(Phone Calls, Emails,
Text Messages)
Parents can sign up for notifications through the HCPS Blackboard Connect Parent Portal. Click here to access the Parent Portal.
HCPS website
Get the latest school closure and delay information directly from the homepage of our website, www.hcps.org. (School closure and delay information will replace the scrolling photos at the top of the homepage of our website)

The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as early as possible on the morning in question. In the vast majority of cases, this is prior to 5:00 a.m.

Social Media
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Central Office Switchboard
Call (410) 838-7300 or 1-(866) 588-4963 to listen to a recording of current school closures and delays.

The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as early as possible on the morning in question. In the vast majority of cases, this is prior to 5:00 a.m.

Television

Radio (AM/FM)
Television stations announcing school closures and delays:
Please note, we cannot control when the media posts inclement weather updates.
WMAR-TV
Channel 2
WBAL-TV
Channel 11
WJZ-TV
Channel 13
WBFF-TV
Channel 45

 



Inclement Weather Policy

All public schools in Harford County will be closed on days when roads, school parking lots and/or school driveways/walkways are considered unsafe for school bus transportation or student/staff use. The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as early as possible. If a closure or delay is necessary on the day of an inclement weather event, efforts will be made to distribute that information by 5:00 a.m. The determination is made after consulting with the state police, the HCPS transportation office, the sheriff’s office, the state and county highway departments and other sources of information in different parts of the county.

Some weather conditions make it advisable to delay the opening time of schools. In such situations, the delayed prekindergarten plan will be in effect for half day programs

  • If schools are delayed one hour, morning half-day prekindergarten will start at 10:00 a.m.; afternoon half-day prekindergarten will proceed as originally scheduled; and fourth tier schools will begin at 10:30 a.m. Full day kindergarten programs will follow the school system schedule.
  • If schools are delayed two hours, there will be no morning half-day prekindergarten or early intervention programs; afternoon half-day prekindergarten will proceed as originally scheduled; and fourth tier schools will begin at 11:30 a.m. Full day prekindergarten programs will follow the school system schedule.
  • If schools have a scheduled teachers’ planning/early dismissal and there is a two-hour delay, students will NOT be dismissed early but remain in school for the regular school day.

Any change from the normal school schedule as a result of inclement weather will be communicated through our rapid telephone notification system, email, text message, Facebook, Twitter and provided to radio and television stations for broadcast. In addition, changes to the normal schedule will be listed on the HCPS website at www.hcps.org. Please note, we cannot control when the media posts inclement weather updates.

Parents/Guardians always have the right to not send their children to school if they feel travel conditions are unsafe. The student will be marked as lawfully absent.

Announcements will only be made when there is an unscheduled change to the schools operating schedule. No telephone calls or media announcements will be made when schools are operating on a normal schedule. In order to keep school telephone lines open for emergency calls, parents/guardians are urged not to call the school concerning closings or delays. This information will be reported as soon as possible using the communication vehicles listed above.