This Week at Guilford: 12/2/19

Welcome back!  We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break!!  Last week was a busy week around Guilford and we are so thankful for everyone who was able to help out around the school, from Jump Rope for Heart to Book Fair to PTA’s parent-teacher conference dinner.  To all our volunteers: THANK YOU!!!

This coming Friday, 12/6 is a Spirit Day at Guilford – it’s Crazy Hair Day!!

The health room is seeking volunteers to help escort students to/from the Dental Clinic on 12/16.  Please sign up if you are able to help out!

Just a few things to note from HCPSS:

  1. All Howard County Public School System schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, due to the special primary election to fill the 7th congressional district seat vacated following the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings.  As this closing was not originally listed on the HCPSS calendar, this announcement is being made as early as possible to allow families to plan ahead for the closure.
  2. Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The new system standardizes the school system’s operational status to five possibilities to enhance consistency, while promoting the safety of HCPSS students and staff, and adhering to negotiated agreements on staff availability.

    The HCPSS operating status will be identified on a new website: https://status.hcpss.org/. The HCPSS operational color code options are:

    • Code Green – Normal Operations (in accordance with the HCPSS calendar)
    • Code Red – Schools and Offices Closed
    • Code Orange – Schools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect
    • Code Blue – Schools Open Two Hours Late
    • Code Yellow – Schools Dismiss Early

    All notifications regarding emergency closings will include both the code and operating status.

    The emergency notification sources are:

    • HCPSS status website
    • HCPSS homepage
    • Email/text alerts
    • HCPSS Information Hotline (410-313-6666)
    • Twitter
    • Facebook

    Please note: HCPSS cable TV is no longer a source for inclement weather closings.

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