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Emergency Weather Codes

Taken from Administrative Procedure 2565.1 on Employee Attendance During Inclement Weather and Other Emergency Conditions and Codes.

When it becomes necessary to cancel the opening of schools and/or Central and Regional Offices, or close early due to either inclement weather or other emergencies, the following announcement will be made to area radio and television stations:

“Prince George’s County Public Schools are closed. A Code _______ is in effect for all employees.”

Code Orange 

Schools and offices will open with a two hour delay. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for liberal leave 

Code Orange - Schools and offices will open with a two hour delay. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for liberal leave.

  • There will be no work-study transportation. (Those students should not report to school.)
  • There will be no half-day Early Childhood Center (ECC), half-day Special Education Programs, or half-day PreK.
  • Any other school program requiring transportation prior to 12 noon will NOT have transportation, including Howard B. Owens Science Center,JA Finance Park, and William S. Schmidt Center (Camp Schmidt)
  • All field trips will be cancelled.
  • Food Services will offer breakfast.

We will re-evaluate at 6:30am.

Código naranja: Las escuelas comenzarán dos horas después del horario normal.  El personal de emergencia no es eligible para tomar licencia liberal, y debe presentarse a trabajar puntualmente.
  • No habrá transporte para el programa Work-Study. (Esos estudiantes no deben reportarse a la escuela).
  • No habrán programas de medio día, ni en los Centros de Educación Temprana (ECC), o ni los Programas de Educación Especial. Programas del día completo empezaran dos horas demoradas.
  • Todo programa escolar que requiera transporte antes del mediodía NO lo tendrá, incluido el Centro de Ciencias Howard B. Owens, el JA Finance Park y el Centro William S. Schmidt (Campamento Schmidt)..
  • Todos los viajes fuera de las escuelas (field trips) serán cancelados.
  • Se ofrecerá el desayuno
Revaluaremos a las 6:30 de la mañana.

Code Green

Schools are closed. All 12-month employees are to report on time.

Code Blue 

Schools are closed. Central and Regional Offices will open two hours late. All 12-month personnel are expected to report. A Liberal Leave policy will be in effect for non-emergency personnel. Liberal Leave means that employees may elect to use annual leave, or leave without pay if no annual leave balance is available, without advance approval from their leave granting authority. However, employees electing to use Liberal Leave must notify their leave granting authority that they intend to do so for that day. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for Liberal Leave.

Code Yellow

Schools are closed. All Offices are closed. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL only must report to work.

Code Purple

Schools and offices are closed. Two-hour delay for emergency personnel.

Code Red

The school system is closed for all personnel.

Please note carefully and display prominently the new codes. In addition to the codes, the Administrative Procedure and Negotiated Contract defines the various levels of personnel and provides direction for school-based and non-school-based personnel.

Procedures for Delayed Openings