Closing & Delay Information

When the Norwich Public Schools are closed for the day, have a delayed opening, have an early dismissal, or cancel after-school programs due to deteriorating weather conditions or other emergencies, the radio, television stations and website listed below will be notified and announcements made beginning at 6:00 a.m. The Norwich Public Schools also utilizes the School Messenger system, which automatically calls you when these types of situations occur. It is important that the registration office has your most current phone number.

School Messaging System

Norwich Public Schools use the school messaging system to notify parents, guardians, and/or the designated student emergency contact, of pertinent information regarding your student and school. The district uses a 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


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

School Time
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.
Huntington 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.


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.

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.
  • Closing
    • 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.  

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