How Weather Decisions Are Made

Emergency Weather Conditions


Denton, Maryland

How Weather Decisions are Made

“How is the decision made to close schools during bad weather? ”

Information about the weather is gathered from many sources, including The National Weather Service, Accu-Weather, the news media and by actual inspection of roads, school driveways, and sidewalks throughout the county. Weather conditions in surrounding counties are also gathered and factored into forecasting conditions for Caroline County students and considered for those students attending non-public schools in other areas. Information from these various sources is factored into the decision.

Weather conditions or continuing impact from severe weather or other events such as a widespread power outage, may cause a delayed opening, early closing or closing for the day. The most severe conditions within the county are used as the basis for the decision-making criteria. A uniform procedure to close all schools is maintained so that the school system can respond quickly to emergency conditions and protect the safety and well being of students and staff who attend both public and non-public schools and receive transportation services from Caroline County.

“How do I find out if schools are closed or closing?”

CCPS Web Page

School Messenger

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Assure your contact information is correct. Check in with your child’s principal on a monthly basis for updates.

School Way

  • Text
  • Sign up for SchoolWay by contacting your child’s principal for more details.

Social Media

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Follow CCPS on Twitter at CCPS_Super, on Facebook CCPS and on Instagram at JohnEwald

Media Outlets

  • Including local television and radio.

Caroline County Alerts


“By what time is the decision made to close schools, delay opening of schools, or close schools early?”

Schools Closures & Delayed Openings

For early morning decisions, road inspection begins typically around

3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. with emergency weather conditions decisions typically made and shared no later than 5:30 a.m. through CCPS emergency information sources and media, such as radio, tv and websites.

Early Dismissal

Decisions regarding early dismissal will typically be made and shared no later than

11:00 a.m.

“The weather may be bad elsewhere in the county, but fine where I live. Why aren't our nearby schools open?”

The decision to close schools because of weather (or other widespread situation impacting safety) is always for the entire system.

“What about after-school activities?”

After school activity cancellations will be announced in the same manner as regular school closings.