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Emergency Closings and School Delays


The Carroll County Public School System is now using the AlertNow Rapid Communication Service to provide parents with information from their child’s schools and the school system. AlertNow replaces eSchoolnewsletter and is capable of delivering both e-mail and phone alerts at no charge to parents. You do not have to sign up for the new system. All information is taken from emergency procedure cards. AlertNow was piloted in six schools last year and we have had very positive feedback. We are excited about the new capabilities AlertNow offers and believe it will greatly enhance our communication with parents and our school communities.
In the event that it becomes necessary to close schools for the entire day because of inclement weather (snow or heat), the announcement will be made no later than 6:30 a.m. through the following media sources: WTTR, Channel 3 and 21 - Prestige Cable (Westminster); WHVR/WYCR (Hanover); WGET (Gettysburg); WFMD, (Frederick); WTHU (Thurmont); WBAL, WCAO, WCBM, WRBS, WPOC, Lite 102, WMIX, WMAR-TV, WBAL-TV, WJZ-TV, WQSR, WWLG AM, WASA, WANN, V103 (Baltimore); WMAL, WTOP, Fox Channel 5, WRC-TV4, WUSA Channel 9 and WJLA-TV (Washington, DC); WJEJ/WWMD (Hagerstown) ; WCRH (Williamsport); WAFY-KEY 103, WXTR (
If weather conditions are such that the opening of schools might be delayed one (1) hour or more, the notification will be made by the same time and through the same stations as for the closing of schools. In addition to the possibility of schools being closed, delayed or dismissed early due to winter conditions (snow, ice), there is the possibility of early dismissal due to excessive heat. On days when temperatures are forecasted to exceed 95 degrees and humidity is expected to be above 50 percent, parents should be prepared for the possibility of an early dismissal. If schools will be dismissed earlier than usual, notification will be made through the same stations. Please keep tuned to your radio or TV on inclement weather days.
            A.         School Opening Delayed One (1) Hour:
School will begin at 10:15
            B.         School Opening Delayed Two (2) or Three (3) Hours:
School will begin at 11:15 for a two hour delay and at 12:15 for a three hour delay
            C.         School Closing To Be One (1) Hour Earlier Than Usual:
                        Dismissal time will begin at 2:45 p.m.
            D.         School Closing To Be Two (2) Hours Earlier Than Usual:
                        Dismissal will begin at 1:45 p.m.
                        Scheduled (monthly) 2 hour 45 minute early dismissal
                        Dismissal will begin at 1:00 p.m.
            E.         School Closing To Be Three (3) Hours Earlier Than Usual:
                         Dismissal time will begin at 12:45 p.m.
Parents can keep youngsters safe by arranging emergency back up careChildren should be taught what to do and where to go when schools close unexpectedly and parents/guardians are not at home.