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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:

Radio Stations:
FM 97.7 WCTY, FM 98.3 WILI, FM 107.7 WBMW, FM 106.5 WBMW, AM 98.7 WNLC, AM 1310 WICH
Television Channels:
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

Preschool AM Session: Parent should contact the school for their student’s dismissal time.

Preschool PM Session: The PM Session will be canceled.

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:

Preschool AM Session:
The AM Session will be canceled.

Preschool PM Session:
Students will be transported to school according to their normal schedule.

Early Release Days (ER) Schedule

Early Learning Centers
- Full Day 9:10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
- Half Day AM 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
- Half Day PM 11:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Mahan 8:10 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Moriarty 8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Stanton 8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Uncas 8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Veterans 8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Wequonnoc 8:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Kelly 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
TM Global Studies 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Norwich Transition Academy 7:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Norwich Adult Education

(Norwich Location Only)

If "Norwich Public Schools" has...

Delayed Opening (Only for a 2-hour delay)
All Norwich Adult Ed morning classes are canceled.

Early Release (Only for an early closing)
All Norwich Adult Ed afternoon and evening classes are canceled.

After School Programs/Activities Canceled
All Norwich Adult Ed evening classes and programs are canceled.

All Norwich Adult Ed classes and programs are canceled.

Note: Morning and afternoon classes run Monday - Friday. Evening classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other Locations
Norwich Regional Adult Education classes held in East Lyme and Stonington will follow the subsequent town's cancellation and delay schedule.

Other Emergencies

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 before and after-school program will be transported back to the school.

Upcoming Events

    • WedNov27 Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
    • ThuNov28 Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
    • FriNov29 Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
    • TueDec10 Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • MonDec23 No School (Holiday Recess)
    • TueDec24 No School (Holiday Recess)

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Norwich Public Schools

90 Town Street

Norwich, CT 06360


860.823.1880 fax

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