Weather Closing and Delays

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Sometimes it may be necessary to close or delay schools due to inclement weather. On such occasions, tune to one of the local radio/television stations or check for updates. You can also follow AACPS on Social Media: or

The announcement is usually stated “ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY.” Announcements usually occur between 5:30-6:30 a.m. In addition, Anne Arundel County Public Schools utilizes the Connect-Ed automated telephone alert system to alert parents to emergencies.


Delayed Opening


The delayed school opening time plan, when used, eliminates the need to close school for an entire day. It should be understood that this plan would be used only when conditions justify such a delay in the opening time for schools in Anne Arundel County.

If conditions warrant the delayed opening time plan, the media will be requested to make this announcement: “ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY WILL OPEN ONE/TWO HOUR (S) LATER THAN THEIR USUAL OPENING TIME AND SCHOOL BUSES WILL OPERATE ONE/TWO HOUR (S) LATE.”


Early School Closing

It is necessary that every family establish a procedure that their children can follow if school should have to close early due to a power failure, lack of water, heat or bad weather. Fortunately, this rarely occurs; however, when it does, it is very important that children are aware of a neighbor, relative or friend to whom they could go if no one is home. It is impossible for the school to call all parents when this happens. Therefore, we will be requesting on the emergency form, your pre-arranged emergency plan for early dismissal, which will be used throughout the school year. This plan cannot include individual telephone calls or simply waiting for a parent to get to the school.