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Closures and Delays

What to do when Montgomery College is closed, has a delayed opening, or closes early for any reason
Germantown campus in the snow

MC Alert

Communications about closings and delays are sent through MC Alertnew window. MC students and employees are automatically subscribed to MC Alert via their MyMC login. The default delivery method is a student or employee email issued by the College. The College strongly encourages students and employees to register to receive MC Alert text messages to your cell phones and emails to your non-MC accounts. If you have not already done so, visit the MC Alert webpage to update your information.

In addition to text and email, notices about closings and delays are communicated via:

  • MC Website
  • Voice calls to subscribed phone numbers
  • Local television and radio stations including MCTV
  • College voicemail
  • Facebooknew window
  • Twitternew window

Where Can I Get Notifications?

Montgomery College will always operate on its regular schedule unless otherwise announced. Depending on the nature of the incident, notifications of emergencies and changes to the College’s operational status will be communicated through one or more of the following means:

College emergency responders: Security Officers, Campus Response and/or Support Teams
MC Alert. Registered users receive text and e-mail messages
Montgomery College Emergency Desktop Notification. Scrolling messages are broadcast on College computers
Montgomery College website
MyMC web site.
My MC student e-mail system
Montgomery College employee voice mail. From off-site, dial 240-567-1701.
Montgomery College employee email
Montgomery College main phone number at 240-567-5000
Montgomery College cable channel 10 in Montgomery County
Commercial radio and TV stations including:

WTOP (103.5 FM)
WFRE (99.5 FM) - Frederick
WAMU (88.5 FM)
WFMD (930 AM) - Frederick
WMAL (630 AM)
Channel 4 WRC
Channel 5 WTTG
Channel 7 WJLA
Channel 9 WUSA
News Channel 8

All inquiries from the news media regarding an emergency event should be directed to the College’s Office of Communications.

Inclement Weather Response/Operational Status System

Montgomery College’s operating status is based on current or forecasted conditions and will be displayed at the top of the College’s homepage. Based on the circumstances, alert notifications will be sent when necessary. Find out more about "Essential Pay for Eligible Employees."

Code/Level: Green

The College is open and all campuses/locations are open.

G Code/Level: Green

  • Conditions (Examples): Normal  
  • Operating Status:  The College is open and all campuses/locations are open. 
  • Faculty/Staff/Student Actions: Operations/instruction/services as usual, both for on-site and remote/online activities. 
  • Time Reporting for Staff: All non-exempt (hourly) employees working onsite or teleworking enter time worked. Exempt and non-exempt regular staff enter relevant Time Off (annual, sick, personal), if used.
Code/Level: Yellow

The College is open and campuses/locations are open.  Some specified onsite operations/instruction/services may be limited or impacted.

Y Code/Level: Yellow

  • Conditions (Examples): Anticipated or minor events that do not affect the overall operations of a campus/location (weather watch or advisory due to snow, hail, heavy rain). Isolated campus/location or operations emergency or issue (small scale power failure).
  • Operating Status: The College is open and campuses/locations are open.  Some specified onsite operations/instruction/services may be limited or impacted.
  • Faculty/Staff/Student Actions: All classes and events continue as scheduled. Liberal use of leave and situational telework for employees at the discretion of the supervisor/administrator. 
  • Time Reporting for Staff: All non-exempt (hourly) employees working onsite or teleworking enter time worked. Exempt and non-exempt regular staff enter relevant Time Off (annual, sick, personal), if used.

Code/Level: Orange

The College is open for operations, but all campuses and locations (i.e., physical locations) are closed. Operations are limited to remote instruction/services/ work.

O Code/Level: Orange

  • Conditions (Examples): Events that will impact the physical or onsite operations of a campus/location (weather warning due to snow, hurricane, tornado). A regional area warning due to emergency or risk (regional travel warning). Localized College emergency or risk (MC network disruption, area power failure). 
  • Operating Status: The College is open for operations, but all campuses and locations (i.e., physical locations) are closed. Operations are limited to remote instruction/services/ work.  
  • Faculty/Staff/Student Actions: All onsite campus/location classes, services, events, and activities are cancelled.  All online, remote, and hybrid classes continue as communicated by the instructor. Students should refer to their course syllabus and/or communicate directly with their instructor for guidance. Only essential personnel directed by supervisor report to work onsite. All telework eligible employees are required to telework or use leave. Regular staff in positions ineligible for telework are granted administrative leave (operational status change time off). 
  • Time Reporting for Staff: Essential pay for eligible employees required to work onsite. Exempt and non-exempt (hourly) regular staff ineligible for telework should enter Operational Status Change Time Off for hours scheduled to work. Onsite casual temporary and student employees do not work and do not enter time. Non-exempt (hourly) employees who telework, including casual temporary and student workers, enter time actually worked. Exempt and non-exempt (hourly) regular staff enter relevant Time Off (annual, sick, personal), if used.
Code/Level: Red

The College is closed. All onsite and remote operations/instruction/services are suspended.

R Code/Level: Red

  • Conditions (Examples): Events and situations that may involve an extreme local/regional/national emergency or risk (severe weather, state of emergency, civil or health crisis).  Major infrastructure issues (large-scale network disruption, power failure).
  • Operating Status: The College is closed. All onsite and remote operations/instruction/services are suspended.
  • Faculty/Staff/Student Actions: All classes, services, events, and activities are cancelled, including online and remote classes. Only essential personnel directed by supervisor report to work onsite. Teleworking is not required. All regular staff granted administrative leave (operational status change time off).
  • Time Reporting for Staff: Essential pay for eligible employees required to work onsite. All other exempt and non-exempt regular staff enter Operational Status Change Time Off.  All (onsite and teleworking) casual temporary and student employees do not work and do not enter time.
Who Is Authorized to Be on Campus During Closings and Delays?

When the College is officially closed or the opening of the College is delayed, non-essential employees are not authorized to be on the campus due to safety concerns. Only essential personnel are permitted on College campuses during periods of closure. Essential personnel is defined as: (1) Personnel required to ensure campus buildings and grounds are operational and secure; and (2) Personnel required for monitoring and communicating the operational status of the College. This restriction is in place for the protection of our students and employees. If the College is closed, it is deemed not safe for other than essential personnel. Essential personnel, including our public safety officers, are involved in operational needs to get the campuses open and safe. They are unable to provide full attention to the safety and security of students and employees during these times.

For additional details about closings and delays, please view MC’s policies and procedures about closings and delays (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact MC Public Safety or 240-567-3333.