Dear Parents / Guardians,
The safety of our students and staff is an important responsibility and we make decisions carefully when making the decision to cancel school, dismiss students early or have students arrive late.
After conferring with the transportation department, the police department, public works department, surrounding area schools and the latest weather forecast, a decision is made on whether to hold or cancel school.
Not everyone agrees with each storm day decision.? As parents you have the ultimate decision. If we hold school and you are concerned with your youngster traveling, by all means keep him / her home.
We will report our cancellations, delays and early releases with an Instant Alert message and posting the cancellation on the main page of our web site (www.westbrookschools.org). You may also request to have a cancellation notice sent to your email address(es) by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org?? Cancellations will also be reported on local television stations (channels 6, 8 & 13) and local radio stations.? We also have a storm line that you may call for information and updates (207) 591-6222.
2 Hr Delay to Start of School will be used on stormy days when travel is expected to improve during the morning commute.? If the 2 hour delay procedure is used, parents should plan on bus transportation picking students up approximately 2 hours after their regular pick-up time. With a 2 hour delay, Westbrook Recreation will not be providing morning care for students and Pre-Kindergarten classes are cancelled. ?Breakfast will be available for students even with a two hour delay in the start of school. Below are the start times:
Start Time:??????? 9:50 am??????????? Students can be dropped off starting 9:20 am
Westbrook Middle School? (Grades 5 - 8)
Start Time:??????? 9:55 am??????????? Students can be dropped off starting 9:40 am
Canal School ??????? Congin School?????? Saccarappa School (Grades K - 4)
Start Time:? ????? 10:40am ?????????? Students can be dropped off starting at 10:10 am
Early Dismissal The Westbrook School Committee has a policy of limiting early dismissal due to inclement weather as it provides little or no time for families to provide alternative care for their children.? With careful planning and the student?s welfare in mind, we will make every attempt to not dismiss school early.? As the weather can be unpredictable, there may be exceptions where the weather will warrant early dismissal.?
Therefore, we hope that you will discuss with your student(s) what they are to do in an emergency and communicate this information to their school as well.
I sincerely hope this clarifies any questions you may have regarding the process for canceling school due to inclement / hazardous weather.
Dr. Marc Edward Gousse
Superintendent of Schools