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Status Codes

A full list of weather-related status codes.

Status Code Groupings

Code GreenNormal Operations

Staff and students report in accordance with the HCPSS calendar.

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Staff

All employees report on time, as scheduled.

Code BlueSchools Open Two Hours Late

All Howard County public schools will open 2 hours late. All morning sessions of half-day Pre-K and RECC are canceled. Offices will open late. We will reevaluate by 7:30 a.m.

All morning child care programs, sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Department of Recreation & Parks in Howard County public schools, will be delayed 2 hours. If there is a Board of Education meeting scheduled for the morning, it is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Staff

  • AFSCME: Employees report on time, or as scheduled.
  • AMT: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • AMT: Employees may report 90 minutes later than regular reporting time.
  • ESP: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • ESP 10- and 11-Month: Employees may report at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled student starting time.
  • ESP 12-Month: Employees may report 2 hours later than regular starting time.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees report on time as scheduled, within safety limits.
  • HCAA: Employees may report to work 90 minutes later than regular reporting time.
  • HCEA 10- and 11-month: Employees may report 2 hours later than regular reporting time.
  • HCEA 12-month: Employees may report to work 90 minutes later than regular reporting time.

Code OrangeSchools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect

All Howard County public schools are closed today. Offices are opening late, with liberal leave in effect.

All evening activities involving HCPSS students and staff are canceled. In addition, all community-sponsored programs in HCPSS buildings are canceled. If there is a Board of Education meeting scheduled, it is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Staff

  • AFSCME: Employees report as scheduled.
  • AMT: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • AMT: Employees may report 90 minutes later than regular reporting time, or exercise liberal leave.
  • ESP: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • ESP 10- and 11-Month: Employees do not report to work.
  • ESP 12-Month: Employees may report 90 minutes later than regular reporting time, or exercise liberal leave.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees do not report to work.
  • HCAA: Employees may report 90 minutes later than regular reporting time, exercise liberal leave; or request permission to telework.
  • HCEA 10- and 11-month: Employees do not report to work.
  • HCEA 12-month: Employees may report 90 minutes later than regular reporting time, or exercise liberal leave.

Code RedSchools and Offices Closed

All Howard County public schools and offices are closed.

All evening activities involving HCPSS students and staff are canceled. In addition, all community-sponsored programs in HCPSS buildings are canceled. If there is a Board of Education meeting scheduled, it is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Staff

  • AFSCME: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • AMT: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • ESP: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • No other HCPSS employees may enter an HCPSS facility.

Code YellowSchools Early Dismissal

[NOTE: Options are 90-minute or 3-hour early dismissal]

All Howard County public schools will close early today.

All aftercare programs, sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Department of Recreation & Parks in Howard County public schools, are canceled. All evening activities involving HCPSS students and staff are canceled. In addition, all community-sponsored programs in HCPSS buildings are canceled.

If there is a Board of Education meeting scheduled, it is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Staff

  • AFSCME: First shift employees may leave 1 hour early; Second shift employees may report 1 hour late.
  • AMT: Emergency employees may leave as directed by their supervisors.
  • AMT: Employees may leave 30 minutes after the dismissal time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may leave at 1:25 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may leave at 2:55 p.m.
  • ESP: Emergency employees may leave as directed by their supervisors.
  • ESP: School-based employees may leave 30 minutes after student dismissal. Interpreters may be dismissed with students.
  • ESP: Non-school-based employees may leave 30 minutes after the dismissal time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may leave at 1:25 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may leave at 2:55 p.m.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees may leave 30 minutes after student dismissal or when all tasks related to early dismissal have been completed.
  • HCAA: Principals or designated administrator shall remain on duty until:
    • All students have left school grounds.
    • There are no reports of buses unable to complete routes.
    • Non-essential staff have been dismissed.
    • Administrative tasks relative to early dismissal have been completed.
    • The principal may, at their discretion, release other administrators and AAM’s based on the situation at their school.
  • HCEA 10- and 11-month: Teachers may leave [3 hours earlier/90-minutes earlier] than regular dismissal time.
  • HCEA 12-month: Employees may leave 30 minutes after the dismissal time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may leave at 1:25 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may leave at 2:55 p.m.

Code RedAfternoon/Evening Activities Canceled

All afternoon/evening activities involving HCPSS students and staff are canceled. In addition, all community-sponsored programs in HCPSS buildings are canceled.

Students scheduled for after-school activities will be sent home in the way identified for typical school days, unless parents/guardians notify the school otherwise.

All childcare programs, sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Department of Recreation & Parks in Howard County public schools, will remain open.

If there is a Board of Education meeting scheduled, it is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Code RedSaturday Activities Canceled

All activities involving HCPSS students and staff are canceled. In addition, all community-sponsored programs in HCPSS buildings are canceled.