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Status Codes

A full list of weather-related status codes.

Status Code Groupings

Early Closing and Afternoon/Evening Closures

Weekend Closures

Normal Operations

Staff and students report, in accordance with the HCPSS calendar.

  • Instruction: Virtual for all students, as scheduled
  • Meal Service: Available as scheduled
  • Buildings: Open for staff
  • Athletics: As scheduled

Virtual Instruction; Buildings Open

All non-HCPSS childcare programs being held in HCPSS buildings will operate as scheduled unless parents/guardians are notified otherwise by the provider.

Staff

  • All employees (other than Food/Nutrition Services) report virtually or in their building/office on time, as scheduled or as directed by their supervisor. Instructional staff have the option of teaching from their classroom or virtually.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees report to work as directed by their supervisors for lunch shift.

Virtual Instruction; Buildings Closed

All in-person 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.

  • Instruction: Virtual for all students, as scheduled
  • Meal Service: Canceled
  • Buildings: Closed
  • Athletics: Canceled

Staff

  • All employees (other than groups listed below) report virtually on time.
  • AFSCME: Report as scheduled.
  • AMT: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • 5th Unit: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees do not report to work.

No Instruction; Buildings Closed

All in-person and virtual 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.

  • Instruction: Canceled
  • Meal Service: Canceled
  • Buildings: Closed
  • Athletics: Canceled

Staff

  • AFSCME: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • AMT: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • 5th Unit: Emergency employees report as directed by their supervisors.
  • All other HCPSS employees are off and may not enter an HCPSS facility.

Early Closing

All in-person and virtual 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.

  • Instruction: Virtual and in-person ends early
  • Meal Service: May end early
  • Buildings: Closed early for all
  • Athletics: Canceled

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 end their work day 30 minutes after the end time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 1:15 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 2:45 p.m.
  • ESP School-based: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end of the student day. Interpreters may end their work day at the same time as students.
  • ESP Non-School-Based: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 1:15 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 2:45 p.m.
  • Food/Nutrition Services: Employees may leave 30 minutes after the end of the student day or when all tasks related to early dismissal have been completed.
  • HCAA School-based: 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.
  • HCAA Non-School-Based: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 1:15 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 2:45 p.m.
  • HCEA 10- and 11-month: Teachers may end their work day [3 hours earlier/90-minutes earlier] than their regular end time.
  • HCEA 12-month: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 1:15 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 2:45 p.m.
  • 5th Unit Emergency: Emergency employees may leave as directed by their supervisors.
  • 5th Unit School-Based: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end of the student day. Interpreters may end their work day at the same time as students.
  • 5th Unit Non-School Based: Employees may end their work day 30 minutes after the end time of the latest school. For a 3-hour early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 1:15 p.m. For a 90-minute early dismissal, employees may end their work day at 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon/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.

Weekend Activities Canceled

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