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Athletics – Weather-Related Procedures

School Closing Due To Inclement Weather

If schools are closed for the day or dismissed early due to inclement weather, all games, events and practices will be canceled.

Rain

A decision to play or cancel due to rain will be made by the school. Contact the school directly.

Snow/Ice – Afternoon

If snow or ice arrives before 2 p.m., a decision to play or cancel will be made by the Central Office based on weather reports from our Transportation Department. Your school will be notified as soon as possible.

Snow/Ice – Evening

If snow or ice arrives in the late afternoon or evening, the Administrator on duty will make the final decision.

  • If a snow emergency plan goes into effect prior to the game or practice, it will be canceled.
  • If a snow emergency plan goes into effect after the start of a game or practice, the event may be completed.

Snow/Ice – Saturday/Non-School Day

If a snow emergency plan is in effect at 7 a.m. on Saturday or on a day schools are scheduled to be closed, all games, events and practices scheduled for a Howard County school will be postponed until the 11 a.m. recorded announcement.

  • If a snow emergency plan goes into effect before the practice or game, the game will be canceled.
  • Please use common sense before sending participants and spectators home.
  • If a snow emergency plan goes into effect after the start of the game or practice, it may be completed.
  • If a team or student group is involved in an event outside of Howard County:
    • They may depart for the event after the emergency plan is lifted.
    • They may not travel through a county that has a snow emergency plan in effect.
  • When a team is on an overnight trip, they may compete unless travel is involved and a snow emergency is in effect at their location.

Regional/State Events

If a regional or state event is involved, a special decision will be made by our Superintendent in conjunction with the MPSSAA new webpage

MD Snow Emergencies Link

Maryland Dept. of Transportation – Active/Lifted Snow Emergencies new webpage