All Schools Operating on Normal Posted Schedule
*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.
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.
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.
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
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
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