Delays/Closings

Region 6 Community,

It is the time of year when Connecticut weather can be very unpredictable and severe.  When the forecast predicts wintry weather, students wish for the coveted “snow day.” Despite the wishes, school district superintendents must ensure that each school meets the state-mandated 180 school days and nine hundred school hours.  And more importantly, ensure the safety of our students, staff, bus drivers and community members.

Considerations

The decision to close or delay school is not an easy one. The process begins well in advance of the announcement on the radio and television.  Superintendents review weather forecasts in days leading up to a potential storm and that continues during the early morning hours.  Between 4:45 a.m. and 5:15 a.m., telephone consultations between the superintendents, highway departments, maintenance personnel, and police departments determine the status of the weather and roads.  We all try to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. based on the best estimates of what will happen in the next two to twelve hours. 

School Closing 

If weather, road, and school site conditions warrant, we will cancel or delay the opening of schools.  Region 6 will use an automated telephone notification system to expedite the announcement of changes in school schedule or other emergency or special announcements. Parents should be sure their contact information is updated to ensure they receive important information.  Radio and television stations, school bus operators, the school district websites, CTWeather.com, and staff will be notified immediately. 

On the occasional event a delayed opening may become a cancellation, this announcement will usually be made by 6:30 a.m. 

Please note: When school is cancelled, or when there is an early dismissal all activities and meetings for the day are also cancelled. The school buildings will be closed.

Delayed Opening

In situations where it is predicted that weather and road conditions will improve during the morning, the opening of schools may be delayed by two hours. This means all bus routes and opening schedules will operate two hours later than usual.  In the event that a delayed opening is called on an early release day, students will remain in school until the normal afternoon dismissal time. There will be no morning preschool on delayed openings.

Unplanned Early Dismissal

Although early closings are avoided whenever possible, in rare cases it may be necessary to dismiss school early due to unexpected deterioration of weather conditions.  In these situations, an announcement will be issued by 10:30 a.m. and schools will be dismissed early. 

Weather-related early dismissals for Wamogo Regional High School will be at approximately 12:15 p.mThe elementary schools will be dismissed at approximately 1:25 p.m. unless emergency conditions require an earlier dismissal in which case special announcements will be made. When there is an early dismissal, preschool will dismiss at 10:30 a.m.
 

Tips

  • On days when the weather is problematic, parents are advised to stay tuned to the local radio and/or television channel.
  • Have an emergency plan in place in the event of an early closing. 
  • Inform your child of this plan and ensure your child understands where to go in the event of an early closing.
  • Child care arrangements at home or on the same bus route should be made in advance of the early closing day.
  • Parents should follow established school procedures for alternate drop-offs, parent pick-ups, etc.
  • For safety and efficiency purposes, we encourage parents to have their children ride the school bus on a regular basis. This is especially important on days when the weather is bad as school parking areas tend to experience heavy traffic and become grid-locked when many parents drive to pick up their children during bad weather. 

Decisions made by the school district are not intended to prevent parents from making their own decision. Based upon a personal assessment of weather reports, road conditions, and safety factors specific to their residence, parents may choose to send a child to school or keep a child home during severe weather.  

Attached for your convenience is the Regional School District No. 6 - School Hours chart that provides a quick snapshot of the information noted above. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to email or call with any questions.

Regards,

Chris