SCHOOL CANCELLATION and/or DELAYED OPENING

The policy of the Stoughton School Department regarding SCHOOL CANCELLATION and/or DELAYED OPENING was established in the interest of the safety and well being of our school children, staff and families. The closing of school is a decision we take very seriously and is made using all available weather sources, in consultation with Stoughton authorities and other area superintendents. We strive to give families as much notice as possible.

On stormy days when the School Department has chosen to keep schools open, parents are encouraged to exercise their own judgment about sending their children to school. In the event of inclement weather or dangerous road conditions, when it is not advisable to open school, appropriate announcements will be made on radio, television, and through electronic notifications.

For notification and information about adverse weather or other unexpected conditions, the following plan will be in effect:

A. NO SCHOOL

If conditions are severe, and it is unsafe to travel to school, or school buildings cannot be opened, school will be canceled. The No School Announcement will be carried by radio stations WBZ AM (1030) and WHDH-(850) AM. Television announcements will be made on Boston Channel 5, WCVB-TV, Channel 4, WBZ-TV, Channel 7, WHDH-TV, FOX 25-WFXT-Boston. Electronic notification will be made through our automated phone call system, social media, such as Twitter, and on the Stoughton Public Schools website and Facebook page.

B. ONE HOUR DELAYED OPENING

If conditions result in a one-hour delay, the opening of school and all bus pick-ups will be DELAYED ONE HOUR.  School dismissal will be at the usual time. The following plan will be in effect:

  • All schools will open one hour later than the normal time.
  • Middle and high school will open at 8:30 A.M.
  • Bus pick-up will be one hour later than normal.
  • All elementary schools will open at 9:15 A.M.
  • Morning and full day Pre-school will report at 9:15 A.M.
  • Bus pick-up will be one hour, later than normal.
  • Lunches will be served at the regular time.

C. TWO-HOUR DELAYED OPENING

If conditions result in a two-hour delay, the opening of school and all bus pick-ups will be DELAYED TWO HOURS.  School dismissal will be at the usual time. The following plan will be in effect:

  • All schools will open two hours later than the normal time.
  • Middle and high school will open at 9:30 A.M.
  • Bus pick-up will be two hours later than normal.
  • All elementary schools will open at 10:15 A.M.
  • No Morning Pre-school
  • Afternoon Pre-school reports a regular time
  • Full Day Pre-school opens at 10:15 A.M.
  • Bus pick-up will be two hours later than normal.
  • Lunches will be served at the regular time.

Delayed opening announcements will be carried over the same radio and television and social media outlets as our school-closing announcement. Teachers and other staff will report either one hour or two hours later than usual.  Parents are reminded not to send or drop off their children to school early on days of "one or two hour delayed opening" since the school yards may not be accessible, and staff will not be on duty to supervise children arriving early.

D. EARLY DISMISSAL

In the event that students are dismissed early for weather or other emergency situations, notification will be made as follows:

  • Our automated phone, text and email system will be activated
  • All social media outlets - Twitter, SPS Facebook page and SPS website
  • Early dismissal radio and television announcements will be made, if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the parents' responsibility to make provisions for their children in the event schools are dismissed early.

Due to the urgency to make outgoing calls during emergency or early dismissal situations, we ask families to refrain from calling the schools for information. We will provide updates on social media and our automated phone system as additional information becomes available.

Your cooperation in these matters is greatly appreciated.