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Inclement Weather Procedures

November 2, 2016

Director of Operations

Mr. Sidney Pinder Jr.

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Purpose To explain the process of how Queen Anne’s County Public Schools determines when to implement the following due to inclement weather:90-Minute DelayNon-Scheduled Early Dismissal

Closings

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Objective To educate the community on how Queen Anne’s County Public Schools determines whether schools will be opening 90 minutes late, closing early, or closed for the day due to inclement weather.

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Sources of Weather Information

National

Weather Service (Mount Holly

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Local Media Weather Outlets (WBAL, WMAR, WJZ, & WBOC)

National Media Weather Outlets (Weather Channel)

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Weather

Underground Website

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Weather Forecast Models NAM (North American Mesoscale)GFS (Global Forecast System)RUC (Rapid Update Cycle)

RAP (Rapid Refresh)ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts)

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Information Obtained from Various SourcesMaryland State Police “Centreville Barrack”Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s OfficeQueen Anne’s County Emergency Management Services

Queen Anne’s County Public WorksQueen Anne’s County Department of ParksMaryland State Highway Administration

QACPS Spotters (Contracted and County Bus Drivers)

SHA Traffic Cameras

QACPS Exterior Cameras (Parking lots and Sidewalks)

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Temperature and Visibility Readings

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Weather Spotters (Bus Contractors and County Drivers)

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Timeline for Delay or Closing

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Timeline for Delay or Closing

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Additional Bus RoutesAnchor Points Academy

Transporting students from KIHS to QACHS for CTE classesFire School for KIHS & QACHS students

Special Needs Buses

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Grade KIHS Annex to KIHS Main Campus

Athletic Events

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How to Receive Notice of the Decision

Alert Solutions (Phone, Text, or Email)Schoolsout.com

QACPS Website

QACPS Facebook Page

QACPS Local Television Station

Television Stations (Channel 2, 11, 13, 16, & 45)

Radio Stations (WBAL, WCBM, WCTR, WNAV, WINX, WSCL, & WXCY)

Code Blue

Code Red

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Why Schools Are Not Opened in Zones371.9 Square miles of land which stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware lineTransport 7,716 students on 89 buses that navigate 11,474 Miles

2 Tier Bus SystemCareer & Technology Classes

Additional busses need to be purchased and more drivers hired

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Other Factors to Consider466 High School students that drive to school every day

QAC Public Works, Centreville Public Works, & SHA ability to remove snow QAC Parks & Recreation’s ability to remove snow from the QACPS parking lots and sidewalks

What time are QAC Public Works, Centreville Public Works, QAC Parks & Recreation coming out to begin snow removal

Home and business owner’s ability to remove snow from sidewalks

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School Delay and Closing Committee Meets in May to discuss procedures and make changes if necessaryMembers include: Parents, Contracted Bus Drivers, Principals, Board Member, MSP, QACSD, CPD, Supervisor of Transportation, & Director of Operations

1 Hour Delay, 90 Minute Delay, or 2 Hour Delay2015-2016 6 Closed/5 Delayed/1 Early Dismissal

2014-2015 9 Closed/6 Delayed/1 Early Dismissal

2013-2014

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Closings/10 Delays

2012-2013

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Closings/10 Delays/1 Early Dismissal

2011-2012

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Closing/12 Delays

2010-2011 5 Closings/10 Delays/3 Early Dismissals

2009-2010 7

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ConclusionWhile making a decision to have a 90-minute delayed opening, dismissing early, or closing for the day due to inclement weather is never easy, the QACPS Transportation Department analyzes the conditions to make the most appropriate decision for the safety of students and staff.

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Contact InformationSidney E. Pinder, Jr.Director of Operations410-758-2403 ext. 141