Inclement Weather
School Announcements for Inclement Weather

TO: All Parents and Staff
FROM: Paul Stein, Superintendent of Schools
DATE: November 2011

Given New England’s winter weather, there remains the possibility that we will need to close schools or delay their opening.  This will occur when inclement weather causes significant safety concerns. Otherwise, even in inclement weather, the preference is to keep school open.

If school is held, but conditions are still very bad in any particular area, parents may of course use their own judgment in determining whether or not to send a student to school.

If weather conditions are sufficiently severe, school will be cancelled.  The “No School” announcement decision will be made by 5:30 A.M., and by 6:00 A.M. should be carried by radio stations WBZ (1030 AM) and television channels 4, 5, 7, and 25.  Only these stations will be notified when necessary.  Please do not telephone the Police or Fire Departments, as these lines must be kept open. 

Ninety-Minute Delay
On some occasions, road and traffic conditions may warrant a ninety-minute delayed opening of schools. An announcement will be carried by the radio and television stations noted above as follows:  “Ninety-minute delayed opening, all schools, Wayland.”  On these days, bused students will be picked up approximately ninety minutes later than their normal pickup time.

Starting times for the schools will be as follows:

High School 9:00 A.M.
Middle School 9:15 A.M.
Claypit Hill & Happy Hollow Elementary Schools 10:15 A.M.
Loker School 10:30 A.M.
The Children’s Way 9:30 A.M.

Schools will be dismissed at their regular times.  Afternoon dismissals and all other school activities will take place at their regularly scheduled times.  However, please note that there will be no before-school childcare on days when the opening of school is delayed.

Early Dismissals
In the highly unlikely event that an early dismissal from school is deemed necessary, efforts will be made to contact parents by phone, email, and radio announcements.  (On days when the weather becomes unusually dangerous after school has begun, parents are advised to listen for such an announcement.)  If the schools close early, all after-school activities, including BASE, will be canceled.