The following was posted on the Harford County Public Schools website Tuesday, February 16 at 4:25 p.m.
SCHOOLS WILL OPEN TWO-HOURS LATE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK (Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 19)
Following the two largest blizzards on record in decades, Harford County is fairing well but still has a long way to go in order to return to complete normalcy. Due to the unusual nature of these extreme weather events, it looks as though conditions will not be perfect for quite some time. However, we need to get our students back in school safely. In order to reduce any risk to our students, we ask for your assistance and patience.
All Harford County Public Schools will open two-hours late for the remainder of the week (2-17 through 2-19). The Alternative Education Program will open at its regularly scheduled time on Wednesday (2-17-10) and will be delayed two-hours on Thursday (2/18) and Friday (2/19).
Working with County agencies, we are making every accommodation to ensure safe travel to and from school for both walkers and bus riders. As schools reopen tomorrow:
Harford County Public Schools will make the following accommodations:
1. School will open two-hours late for the remainder of the week to ensure adequate time for students to navigate to their stops and to allow buses to transport students safely during daylight hours.
2. Those who feel that their bus stop is not safe may take their child to the entrance of their community or to the closest stop that intersects with a county road.
3. Additional buses, normally used as activity buses, will be deployed to ensure that all students have been picked up safely.
4. Our transportation crews continue to drive the county roads reporting trouble spots to assist the Department of Public Works in the snow removal process.
5. We will work with the County on alerting motorists to exercise caution as students are heading back to school.
6. In addition, no decisions have been made as of yet regarding the reconciliation of the calendar due to missed school days. Information will be forthcoming as soon as a decision has been made.
We ask that you take the following precautions:
1. Exercise extreme caution when walking on roads or standing at bus stops. Please allow extra time to walk your child to his or her bus stop or to school.
2. Please dress your child appropriately for standing at bus stops or walking to school. Pick-up times may vary as it is more difficult to maneuver through neighborhoods. Bus drivers will be using extreme caution regarding operating speeds, which may also alter pick-up and drop-off times.
3. Parents are encouraged to escort students to bus stops or walk children to school, when possible. In addition, any supervision that adults could provide at bus stops while children wait would be appreciated.
4. Please assist us by clearing sidewalks and walkways for children to travel on throughout your neighborhoods.
5. Please talk with your children about the above safety precautions.
Working together, we can get our children back to school safely. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through the aftermath of these historic storms.