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Posted at 5:59 AM ET, 01/28/2011

School closings, delays for Friday

By Washington Post Editors

Here are some closings, delays and cancellations for Friday around the D.C. region due to snowy weather.

Closed are Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Fauquier County schools. Alexandria City schools will open two hours late.

Fairfax City government will open on time, but liberal leave is in effect for city employees.

Montgomery County Public schools are closed. Howard County, Charles County and Anne Arundel County public schools are delayed two hours.

Prince George's schools will have a two-hour delay. (Ten schools in Prince George's County are closed.)

Frederick County schools will open two hours late Friday. (Walkersville Middle School is closed.)

No services or programs will be held at Temple Emanuel in Kensington on Friday or Saturday because of the power outages. A decision about religious school will be made by midday Saturday.

District schools will open two hours late. Essential personnel should report on time. The District government will open on time.

For more closing and delay information for schools, businesses and organizations, check the PostLocal list.

And if you handle closings for any school or organization in the District, Maryland or Virginia, and don't see your information in our listings, be sure to click here and register.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 28, 2011; 5:59 AM ET
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Arlington Schools' website on their main page is showing their schools closed on Friday, 28 January. Surely that's a mistake -- a) they never call school this early in the day, b) the sub page shows the 27th January (Thursday) and c) I'm not sure where they are, but all the main roads and side streets around here are perfectly clear. Anyone have any insight?

Posted by: lilyg25 | January 27, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

fairfax county also has closed for Friday on their website. Wtg to hear about Loudoun!

Posted by: love4all1 | January 27, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see the WaPo do an article on school closings. I live in Arlington- there is power- streets are clear- federal workers went to work today- they are definitely going tomorrow- why are the schools closed? Clearly it's not a power issue since the school offices are open. Much of the snow is melted. So how do they come to the decision to close schools- which leaves huge numbers of working parents scrambling?

Posted by: MCM1 | January 27, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery County schools CLOSED on Friday, 1/28. Was posted on the MCPS website @ 7:02 PM.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | January 27, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

MCM1, I agree. Post, can you take this on please? Especially curious is how Fairfax could decide to close at 3:00pm the previous day. Maybe some parking lots aren't plowed yet, but there's still 15+ hours to go -- get out there and shovel! How can they know they won't be ready by the morning? If there are a few schools without power, let the other ones open.

Posted by: pxl4 | January 27, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I've spoken to people in Springfield, Alexandria, and Centreville...roads are clear, power is on and Monday and Tuesday are teacher workdays. How can Fairfax be closed tomorrow? Not to mention, they're talking about a "wintry mix" Tuesday evening!

Posted by: calripken8 | January 27, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I live right across from a street in Fairfax, and the road is not clear enough for safe passage of school buses. The rest of the small streets that school buses have to navigate aren't clear yet either. Many have passage for only one car at a time.

Posted by: bperk420 | January 27, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

A number of kids from my neighborhood walk to the Fairfax County HS across the street. The sheet of ice on the road from the melting and freezing means that there is a good likelihood of someone skidding through the crosswalk and hitting one of them. Also remember the number of kids standing on unshoveled street corners (which really means in the street) waiting for their busses. I for one am happy to not have to drive around them terrified of hitting one.

Posted by: kim6160 | January 28, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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