MCPS Prepares for Hurricane Florence
MCPS Prepares for Hurricane Florence
Posted on 09/11/2018
Hurricane Florence

Updated September 16, 2018

​MCPS will be closed on Monday, September 17. Employee Code 5. Rivers, creeks and streams throughout the area are at capacity for water, with significant rainfall overnight. The National Weather Service predicts flooding throughout the County tomorrow. In order to keep our students and staff safe, MCPS will be closed. Updated September 13, 2018

MCPS will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, September 14. All MCPS activities and events are canceled starting Friday after school and continuing through Sunday.

Updated September 12, 2018

MCPS will operate on a normal schedule for Thursday, September 13. We are continuing to monitor the track of the Hurricane. Hurricane Florence has a diameter of 500 miles and the forecast may change significantly over the next few days. We will continue to evaluate the weather and will send another notification by 6 p.m. tomorrow regarding our school status for Friday.
All MCPS activities and events are canceled starting Friday after school and continuing through Sunday. A decision regarding the school day on Friday has not yet been made. Posted September 11, 2018 MCPS is preparing for potential flooding and power outages due to the effects of Hurricane Florence. All school facilities are getting ready for significant rainfall this weekend. All mechanical and electrical systems are also being evaluated to ensure that they are fully operational and will be safe in the event of a power surge. The transportation department is monitoring roads to determine road safety as the areas is planned to get rain throughout the week.  The school system is working proactively with National Weather Service, VDOT, County Emergency Management, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Blacksburg Police Department, and Christiansburg Police Department.

MCPS sent a reminder to parents about severe weather procedures and notifications for school closure. Should MCPS need to close school, a severe weather message will be sent out. Parents, staff, and community members can sign up to receive alerts via phone or email online. The division will also update their website, twitter page, facebook page and Instagram if there is a need for school closure.

MCPS has added a new code to its severe weather codes – Code 5. A code 5 means that schools are closed and 12-month employees report two hours late. All other codes remain the same.

Severe Weather Codes

A guide on hurricane preparedness and a map of Montgomery County flood zones are available through Montgomery County.

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