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DC-Area Public Schools to Close, Open Late Wednesday

Heavy snow walloped the region Monday.

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Schools are closing or opening late Wednesday after heavy snow walloped the region Monday.

The following districts will be closed:

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will open two hours late on Wednesday.


Arlington schools and offices will close on Jan. 5 "due to current neighborhood road and sidewalk conditions," the district announced.

Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools had planned virtual learning this week due to rising COVID-19 cases. The snowstorm's aftermath spurred a delay in school start times on Wednesday.

Staff can come to work one hour late.

"Virtual instruction for students will begin today but may start up to three hours late. Meal sites at Henry E. Lackey High School, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and J.C. Parks Elementary School are closed today," a spokesperson said.

D.C. Public Schools

DCPS will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday. Students were not scheduled to go to class but need to take COVID-19 tests and submit results Wednesday before going back to school on Thursday, officials say.

COVID-19 tests will be distributed between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Students must test Wednesday and upload results by 5 p.m. Here's more information.

Falls Church City Public Schools

Falls Church schools will open two hours late.

Fredericksburg County Public Schools

All Fredericksburg school buildings will close on Jan. 5. The district said the distribution of report cards will be delayed.

Essential workers "should report when road conditions are safe," according to the district.

Manassas Park City School

All MPCS schools will close on Jan. 5 "due to remaining snow and ice causing hazardous travel conditions in the area," the district announced. It is "CODE RED" for employees.

Montgomery County Public Schools

MCPS will have a two-hour delay on Wednesday.

"Bus service will be provided on a two-hour delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:30 a.m. or earlier are canceled. School and Central Administrative offices will be open on time. Daycare programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled," the district said.

Howard County Public Schools

"All Howard County public schools will open 2 hours late, including the Digital Education Center. All morning sessions of half-day Pre-K and RECC are canceled. Offices will open late. We will reevaluate by 7:30 a.m.," the school district said.

Many employees can also arrive late.

Prince William County Public Schools

PWCS will close for students on Jan. 5. However, administrators and staff are required to report at 10 a.m.

The district plans to open school normally on Jan. 6.

Spotsylvania County Public Schools

Spotsylvania County Public Schools will close on Jan. 5, the school system announced.

School officials said essential employees are under Code 1 as safety permits.

St. Mary's County Public Schools

Public schools in St. Mary's County will open two hours late. Morning kindergarten is canceled.

Stafford County Public Schools

Stafford County Public Schools will close on Jan. 5.

No students should report to school, the Stafford school district said. Emergency personnel are required to report.

Drivers remained stranded on Interstate 95 in the Stafford County area at midday Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after multiple trucks crashed in the snow and ice. Sen. Tim Kaine, who represents Virginia in the U.S. Senate, was among the drivers trapped on the highway. 

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