The weather is constantly monitored by the Operations Department to ensure that our students are safe while they are on our buses and in our school buildings. We have emergency plans in place and weather emergency drills are a part of the educational process at CMCSS.
The Chief Operations Officer (COO) takes as much time as reasonably possible to make a recommendation to the Director of Schools. We always err on the side of caution to ensure the safety of students. To make a good recommendation, the COO looks at weather data and has transportation and operations staff checking the road conditions all over Montgomery County. He also studies radar, attends the national weather service briefings, and calls forecasters. Sometimes the decision is easy. The more difficult decisions come with the timing or the significance of the event which doesn’t allow us to make a clear decision. When that happens, families will be kept informed of the status of a closing decision.
If school buildings must close due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the CMCSS Communications Department will use SchoolMessenger to notify families via call, text, and email. Parents and guardians can use the Parent Self-Service Portal at parents.cmcss.net to update contact information throughout the year. The district also will share inclement weather closure updates on official CMCSS social media accounts, district and school websites, and local media. Please ensure that you check your sources when viewing school closure information on social media. For official CMCSS social media accounts, follow us @cmcssinfo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
CMCSS is a Storm Ready district. The program, developed by the National Weather Service, uses a proactive approach to improving weather operations. Learn more about the Storm Ready program.
2022-2023 Inclement Weather Make-Up Plan
The first five days missed by students will not be made up and will come from stockpiled student days.
The sixth day missed and subsequent days will be made up as available:
- January 4, 2023 (staff development day)
- February 8, 2023 (staff development day)
- February 20, 2023 (Presidents Day)
- Thirty minutes added to thirteen days not to infringe upon the state testing window to account for one make-up day
Make up for days missed beyond this plan will be determined as circumstances require.
In the event of closings or delays, employees should refer to policy HUM-A021 regarding Leave Due to Inclement Weather and Other Emergencies.