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Inclement Weather Policy Questions

Current Status:   

July 28, 2014 8:22 AM


Q. How are notifications of countywide weather announcements posted?

A. Weather related announcements that affect the entire county will be made on this web site as well as announced on WCBM Radio, WMAR, WBALTV, WJZ TV13 and WBAL 1090 AM. You can also contact your  community recreation and parks office to find out whether your program is operating status on their website.

Q. When are recreation programs cancelled due to winter weather?

A. Weekdays

  • When schools are closed by snow, ice or other severe weather conditions for the entire day OR before regular dismissal time, all recreation programs at school-recreation centers as well as Recreation and Parks sites are cancelled. You may view the current Baltimore County Board of Education status on their website. 
  • If the snow emergency plan is put into effect after regular school dismissal, all recreation programs are cancelled at the time of implementation.

Weekends / Holidays

During a winter or other severe weather event when school is not in session, recreation programs will be cancelled with the implementation of the snow emergency plan. Weather related announcements that affect the entire County will be made on this website as well as announced on WCBM Radio, WMAR, WBALTV, WJZ TV13 and WBAL 1090 AM. 

Q. When may recreation programs resume after being cancelled due to winter weather?

A. Weekdays (*see Exception)

  • If schools open at regular time the day after closing, recreation programs will proceed according to schedule.
  • If schools open on a delayed basis, recreation programs will resume with the commencement of school.
  • If schools remain closed:
    • programs at school-recreation centers are cancelled; and
    • programs at Recreation and Parks sites may resume when the snow  emergency plan has been lifted AND local staff has received approval to  reopen a specific site. Contact your local community recreation and parks office to find out  whether your program is operating.
  • You may view the currentBaltimore County Board of Education status on their web site.

*Exception
If schools are closed more than one day as a result of winter or other severe weather, programs conducted at school-recreation centers may resume when the snow emergency plan has been lifted AND local staff has received approval to reopen a specific site. Contact your local recreation and parks community office to find out whether your program is operating.

Weekends / Holidays
Recreation programs may resume when the snow emergency plan has been lifted AND local staff has received approval to reopen a specific site. Contact your local community recreation and parks office to find out whether your program is operating.

Q. How do I know when the snow emergency plan is in effect?

A. When the snow emergency plan is in effect, there will be an announcement on the upper right corner of the Baltimore County web site.

Q. What happens during a non-winter type weather event such as a hurricane, tropical storm, etc.?

A. This will be treated like a winter weather event in that recreation programs may be cancelled should road conditions, power outages, high winds, flooding, etc., warrant that action. Announcements will be posted on this web site as well as announced on WCBM Radio, WMAR, WBALTV, WJZ TV13, WBAL 1090 AM. You can also contact your local community recreation and parks office to find out whether your program is operating.

Q. How does school closing due to high temperatures affect recreation programs?

A.

  • Indoor Recreation Programs
    Programs that are held inside a school or community building will meet if the facility is air-conditioned. If air conditioning is not available, the program will be cancelled for the day.
  • Outdoor Recreation Programs
    Each recreation and parks council and its programs decide on the parameters by which each activity meets during hot weather. Under these weather conditions, coaches and parents are expected to use appropriate judgment in determining the length and type of outdoor activity. Each parent knows their child's health condition and should discuss their concerns with the child’s coach.

In either case, contact your local community recreation and parks office to find out whether your program is operating.

Q. Who determines if fields / diamonds are playable?

A. Determining playability is a very localized issue as the amount and duration of precipitation varies from site to site. Recreation staff will make the decision on playability Contact your local community recreation and parks office to find out whether your program is operating. To ensure countywide consistency in determining whether or not a field or diamond is fit for play, the Department has developed criteria for field playability.

Q. How does lightning and thunder affect outdoor activities?

A. Upon the first sound of thunder or sighting of lightning all in attendance at the outdoor activity should immediately go to their cars or enter a building. No one will be allowed to resume play until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and/or the last sighting of lightning. Recreation staff has complete authority to enforce this policy at a Baltimore County facility. In the absence of recreation staff, volunteer coaches and officials must follow this policy.

Revised February 27, 2013

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