Emergency Closing Info

Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures

  • In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that would cause the closing of schools, a delayed opening, or an early school closing, communication with staff and families occurs in multiple and redundant ways.

    Families and staff members will get notified via phone, email, and text using our School Messenger system. Please make sure your school has up-to-date contact information .


    The District also posts delay, early dismissal, or closing information on the District Website, and uses WHUD and News 12 to broadcast school closings, late arrivals, and early dismissals.


    On days when inclement weather is predicted, the decision to close school could be made the evening prior. If not, the decision-making process begins at 3:30 a.m. and includes research on weather conditions, assessment of site conditions for our schools, consultation with the highway departments of our towns, and a conference call with regional superintendents of schools. A decision will be made by approximately 5 a.m. and the communication process will be initiated.


    Some important information:


    • A "3-hour Delay" means students report to their bus stops or arrive at school 3 hours after normal time.  Middle and High School students will have a shortened scheduled lunch period.
      • Elementary Lunch Schedule on Three Hour Delayed Openings:  with the exception of MKES, elementary students who have not eaten lunch before coming to school may have lunch from the cafeteria upon arrival at school starting at approximately 11:30 am. The cafeteria will remain open for about 15 minutes once school starts for any students who arrive late or do not have lunch.  There will be no recess when school is on a three hour delayed opening.  MKES will have shortened lunch periods after students arrive. 
    • A "2-hour Delay" means a 2-hour delay for students and staff. Students report to their bus stops or arrive at school 2 hours after normal time.
    • When a "Delay" is called, please continue to be alert for communications, as a "Delay" can become a "School Closing."
    • For "Early Dismissals," the earliest dismissal bus runs for the high school/middle school begin at 10:20 a.m. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    • If schools are closed, facilities are not available for use for after-school or evening activities by internal or external organizations; therefore, all after-school activities are cancelled, with the exception of after-care occurring in schools. 

    • For "Early Dismissals," staff members are dismissed after students have left a campus.

    • If schools are closed or there is an early dismissal on a Friday, please check the District website for the status of weekend activities.