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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Preparing for Winter

It is inevitable that winter will make an appearance in the next few months, and I wanted to take a moment to review our communications for parents, staff and students when the forecast calls for inclement weather.

While the preference is to keep schools open, our first priority is the safety of our students, bus drivers, and staff. In order to plan appropriately, I am in touch with Chris Cronin, Marc Fournier and our dedicated DPW team, who do a terrific job in difficult circumstances, for their guidance on road conditions. Through our collaboration, and in consultation with weather forecast services, we may cancel or delay schools. Typically, these decisions are made in the early morning hours, and communicated through a variety of ways.

APS will send notice out via email, text, voice recording, and will post on Twitter and our website under “District News.” We also alert local Boston media with these details. We ask that you not contact the police or fire departments requesting this information, as these lines are for emergencies only.

On some occasions, road and traffic conditions might warrant a one- or two-hour delayed start time, which will be announced in the same manner as if school is closed. In the case of a one hour delay, morning (AM) preschool and kindergarten will not be cancelled.

A two hour delayed start time does cancel morning (AM) preschool and kindergarten. All other schools, including full-day kindergarten and preschool, will begin 2 hours later. If your child takes the bus, it will arrive two hours later than a typical school day. After any delayed opening, schools will be dismissed at their regular times.

Because each storm is different, the specifics on closings and after-school activities will also change with the forecast. While our preference is for a mild winter, it’s not always the case in New England and I hope this information provides some clarity.

Shelley Berman

Superintendent

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