Inclement Weather Policy
Each winter, there are bound to be days when flakes are falling or ice is making travel difficult, and school schedules must be altered for the day. It's important to familiarize yourself with Laurel Hill's inclement weather policies now and to make alternative plans to care for your child for days when school starts two hours late, ends two hours early, or is closed altogether due to bad weather.
In the event of snow, ice or other dangerous weather event and FCPS decides to open schools two hours late:
School will open at 11:10 a.m. and dismiss as usual at 3:50 p.m. UNLESS it is a Monday. In that case, school will still open at 11:10 a.m. but there will be no early release; school will dismiss at the regular Tuesday - Friday time. On all late-start days (Monday - Friday), breakfast will be canceled.
If FCPS decides to close two hours early, school will start at the normal time but dismiss at 1:50 p.m. This dismissal time applies to Mondays as well. After-school activities held on school grounds are also usually canceled.
If schools are closed, all services and events are canceled for the day.
FCPS tries its best to make a decision about delayed openings or closures for the day by 5 a.m., so when storms blow in, be sure to tune in to local TV, radio, or the FCPS Emergency Announcement web page, http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml, to get the word as early as possible. You will also get e-mail notification if you have signed up for Keep In Touch on the FCPS homepage.
Decisions about early closures are usually made by 10:30 a.m. to give parents time to make arrangements to pick up their children or be home when they arrive home from school. Because we have over 800 students, it is impossible to call parents in a timely fashion to notify them of an early school closing. Stay tuned to the media outlets listed above to get the word as quickly as possible when inclement weather threatens during the school day.
More information regarding FCPS inclement weather policies and decisions about closings can be found at http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml.