School Closings and Delays

MANCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSING PROCEDURES

FOR SNOWSTORMS AND/OR OTHER EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

Per statutory requirement, the Superintendent of Schools and/or his designee is responsible for decisions relative to school closings and delayed openings.

The Manchester Superintendent or designee shall arrive at a carefully considered judgment through personal observation, national, state and local weather bureau forecasts and consultation with Highway and M.T.A. Authorities.

When a weather event or emergency compromises the safety of our students and staff, the Manchester School District may decide to close school for the day, delay the opening of school, or dismiss school early. The Superintendent of Schools takes this responsibility very seriously. He or she consults with the district’s city partners and departments, as well as superintendents in surrounding districts and weather forecasts before making a carefully considered judgement. The safety of our students and staff is always the first priority.

Announcements about closings and delays will be made no later than 5:30 am whenever possible.

Occasionally, weather conditions change or worsen quickly and require a later decision. It takes about a half hour for all notifications to be made. We encourage you to monitor any or all of the media channels and platforms where Manchester School District updates are available:

Nixle and SchoolMessenger

MSD Facebook, Twitter

MSD web site

WMUR-TV

WHDH-TV

WCVB-TV

NECN/NBC Boston

WZID radio

WGIR radio

WJYY radio

IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL CLOSURE

All schools are closed for the day.

All after school events and activities, including athletics, are canceled.

IN THE EVENT OF A DELAYED OPENING

All schools open 2 hours late and school buses pick up at bus stops 2 hours later than usual.

Morning preschool classes are canceled (afternoon preschool may also be cancelled depending on the weather conditions).

YMCA School’s Out on site before school programs opens 2 hours later than usual.

21st Century morning program is canceled.

New Morning on site before school program is canceled.

Boys & Girls Club before school program at Union Street opens at regular time of 6:30 am.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EARLY RELEASE

If severe weather conditions or an emergency indicate that schools should be closed before the end of the regular school day, a decision to have an early dismissal will be made as soon as possible and notifications made.

All after school events and activities, including athletics, are canceled.

YMCA School’s Out on site after school program is open but closes early, at 5:00 pm.

21st Century site coordinators call parents directly to cancel afternoon programs or notify them of early dismissal if time does not allow for cancellation.

New Morning on site after school program is canceled.

Bring It!!! is canceled.

Y-STRIVE and Y-STAY are canceled, as is the bus from schools to the downtown Y Teen Center

Boys & Girls Club on site after school program remains open.

Please note that the MSD central office operates its regular business hours, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, in any of the above scenarios. We do our best with the information we have at the time of deciding a school closure or delay. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to attend school on a particular day, use your judgment to determine what is best for your family.