Delays, Closings & Emergency Information
At times, schools may close early due to a sudden change in the weather or other emergency. In addition to the School Messenger Service, the stations listed below will provide early closing information. Please make it a habit for your family to tune in to a local radio or television station each morning as you prepare for the day. Announcements of delayed openings or school cancellations begin about 6:00 A.M. and will be broadcast over the following stations:Announcements of delayed openings or school cancellations begin about 6:00 A.M. and will be broadcast over the following stations:
FM 98.3 WILI, FM 104.7 WXLM, FM 105.5 WSUB, FM 106.5 WBMW, FM 107.7 WBMW
3, 30, 8 and FOX 61
School Messenger System
Norwich Public Schools use the School Messenger System to notify parents, guardians, and/or the designated student emergency contact, of pertinent information regarding your student and school. The district uses this notification system for the following:
- Daily notification of student absence
- Delayed school openings
- Early dismissals due to weather or school emergencies
- School or district surveys
- Notification of upcoming school or district events
- Other unforeseen emergencies or circumstances
It is crucial that all emergency numbers are kept up to date to ensure that parents, guardians and/or emergency contacts receive this important message.
Emergency School Closing Schedule
Kindergarten AM Session: This group of students will remain in school until all students are dismissed and will be trans-ported home with older students.
Preschool AM Session: Parent should contact the school for their student’s dismissal time.
Kindergarten/Preschool PM Session: The PM Session will be cancelled.
In the event of an emergency school closing, we strongly advise you to develop a family Emergency School Closing Plan now. A family plan might include the following:
- A provision for your child to enter your house with an extra key (location known in advance to the child);
- Three to five homes, listed in a specific order, that your child could go to until you could reach him/her; and
- Specific directions for your child about how to notify you of his/her whereabouts.
Please take the time to practice your family Emergency Plan with all children.
Delayed Opening Schedule
In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, the Superintendent may elect to delay the opening of school. In that event:
Kindergarten/Preschool AM Session:
The AM Session will be cancelled.
Kindergarten/Preschool PM Session:
Students will be transported to school according to their normal schedule.
Early Release Days (ER) Schedule for Preschool/Kindergarten
On days that are scheduled for early release, shortened sessions (1 hour, 50 minutes) of preschool and kindergarten will be held. Please refer to the school calendar located in the front of this manual for specific early release days.
Stanton, Uncas and Wequonnoc Schools:
Full day 8:20 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
Bishop Early Learning Center, Huntington, Mahan, Moriarty and Veterans Schools:
AM Session: 8:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
PM Session: 11:25 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Full Day: 8:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5 Early Release Schedule
The release times are as follows:
Stanton, Uncas and Wequonnoc Schools: 8:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Bishop ELC, Huntington, Mahan, Moriarty and Veterans’ Schools: 8:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Please refer to the school calendar located in the front of this manual for specific early release days.
There have been times when it has been necessary to evacuate the school in order to ensure the safety of students. In that event, students will be transported to another site, where their school day can continue. Under the advice of police, phone lines must be kept clear and the creation of a secondary hazard must be avoided. Our School Messenger System will notify parents as soon as possible.
If it is deemed safe by emergency personnel by the end of the day, students will be transported home on their regular bus. “Walker” students will be transported back to their home school where they can be met by parents or walk home along their regular route. Students enrolled in the beforeand after-school program will be transported back to the school.