Virtual Instruction Days

Virtual Learning During Inclement Weather Days

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The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has provided local school systems with the option to repurpose inclement weather days as virtual school days. The BCPS draft plan was presented to the Board of Education on February 8 and then submitted to MSDE for approval. MSDE approved BCPS' plan on February 11.

These virtual instruction days will count towards the minimum required days of instruction under Maryland law. The Virtual Inclement Weather Day Plan applies to the 2021-2022 school year only.

When inclement weather is forecasted, BCPS leadership will monitor the weather forecast and families will be notified if BCPS will transition to virtual learning that day. Students will be reminded to bring devices, chargers and other instructional materials home. Staff will also be asked to prepare lessons and materials.

See the February 8, 2022, Presentation to the Board of Education

MSDE Approval of Baltimore County Virtual Inclement Weather Day Plan

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BCPS maintains a 1:1 device ratio (Chromebooks and PC laptops) for students in prekindergarten through Grade 12. The Department of Information Technology will continue to provide remote tech support to students. Throughout the pandemic and continuing in the 2021-2022 school year, BCPS has provided wireless hotspots to all requesting families to ensure access.


Students, staff and families will be informed of a move to a virtual learning day during inclement in the following ways:

  • BCPS website
  • Systemwide emails, text messages and phone calls
  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
  • Local news media

Individual schools may communicate specific information about their class schedules and programs.

Important Things to Know

  • In order to allow time for students to adjust, log in and access resources on an inclement weather virtual learning day, all instruction will begin two hours later than the school’s normal schedule.
  • There will be a minimum of four hours of synchronous instruction
  • Teachers will take attendance and there will be opportunities for students to make up work missed during the virtual learning day if they are unable to connect.