Snow Disrupts School: AACPS Makes Weather Decision For Wednesday

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools will have synchronous virtual classes on Wednesday. About 4.5 inches of snowfall is pictured above Tuesday morning in Odenton. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Anne Arundel County Public Schools students don't have to go to school on Wednesday, but they still have online classes.

The virtual classes will be synchronous. Students must log on and participate in real time to get credit.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. or 9:15 a.m., according to the plans posted at aacps.org/studentschedules underneath the virtual instruction day heading.

Wednesday was scheduled to have a two-hour early dismissal to give teachers time to work on grades for the end of the marking period. 

The virtual instruction schedule will replace the two-hour early dismissal on Wednesday. Students will be in class for the entire time listed in the schedules linked above. Those schedules will not end two hours early. 

A true two-hour early dismissal is scheduled for Thursday. Students are slated to be off Friday for semester break.

Related: How Much Snow Fell In Maryland?

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There will be no afterschool activities, including athletics, on Wednesday. Evening High School classes will also be held virtually. The Board of Education meeting will continue as scheduled Wednesday evening.

"Teachers and other school-based staff who wish to travel to their buildings in order to perform work may do so and should make those arrangements with their supervisor," AACPS said on Facebook. "With the exception of certain Unit III personnel, all non-school-based AACPS employees should report to their work locations no more than two hours later than normal. Employees who are unable to get to their work locations tomorrow due to travel or other hardships should contact their supervisor to discuss their circumstances. Unit III personnel must report to their work locations as required."

AACPS announced the decision around 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

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The Anne Arundel County government will have liberal leave on Wednesday. That means employees can use an unscheduled vacation day with their boss's approval.

Telework-eligible employees should continue to work remotely. Emergency and essential employees must report for work at their usual times. 

The government announced the news Wednesday around 7 a.m.

For more updates on county operations, visit aacounty.org/county-operations.

Roughly 4 inches of snow fell in Anne Arundel County from Monday into Tuesday.

Anne Arundel County schools were also closed Tuesday because of the snow. 


Correction: A previous version of this story said virtual classes would end two hours early. That was incorrect. The virtual classes will replace the two-hour early dismissal.

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