Inclement Weather Policy
St. Louis takes seriously its obligation to provide for the safety of those on our campus. This policy reflects our commitment to making safety a priority.
- Closure of the St. Louis campus applies to all offices, events, and ministries.
- Weather-related announcements will be posted on our parish website and delivered through Flocknote.
St. Louis Catholic Church and St. Louis School will follow the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) with regard to weather-related decisions.
- If the Howard County Public Schools are closed, all daytime and evening activities on campus are cancelled and all offices will be closed.
- If the Howard County Public Schools announces an early closing or the cancellation of afternoon or evening programs, all events on the St. Louis campus will be cancelled and all offices will close early.
Regardless of weather conditions, daily Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 am on weekdays and at 8:00 am on Saturday. Before coming to Mass please consider that roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and steps may not be clear or properly treated. Your safety is the primary concern.
On weekends, decisions regarding closure of the St. Louis campus as well as the cancellation of funerals, weddings, and weekend Masses will be made by the Facilities Manager in consultation with the clergy and the Director of Operations. Announcements will be posted on our parish website and delivered through Flocknote.
When planning a large event or an event involving outside vendors, an inclement weather date will be scheduled. Contracts with outside vendors should include the following clause: "If the event for which services are being contracted is cancelled due to inclement weather or some other emergency situation, no payment shall be made for such services so long as the cancellation is communicated at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the event."