Delays / Cancellations / Early Dismissal

Grade Level Regular School Day 2 Hour Delay Planned Early Dismissal
(e.g. Professional
Development Day,
Day before some holidays) 

Emergency Early Dismissal

Heat-Index Early Dismissal
High School 7:20am-2:05pm
7:20am-11:30am (No Lunch Served)
7:20am-10:30am (No Lunch Served) Regular Schedule
Middle School 8:05am-2:45pm
8:05am-12:15pm (No Lunch Served)
8:05am-11:05am (No Lunch Served)
8:05am-11:05am (No Lunch Served)
Elementary  9:00am-3:40pm
(Lunch is served)
(No Lunch Served)
(No Lunch Served)
BAS Program Open Open
(Before School session is on a 90-minute delay) 
Open After School session
After School session
Pre-K &
Friends Together Pgm.
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After School Activities

When schools are closed or on an Emergency Early Dismissal, after-school activities are cancelled and school buildings are closed.

Pre-K and Friends Together

Emergency (and Heat-Index) Early Dismissal:  ALL children who attend Pre-K and Friends Together classes will be dismissed at 10:30am. ALL PM classes are canceled, including full day sessions.

Delayed Opening: AM session is cancelled. The afternoon session will run as regularly scheduled (1:00-3:30pm). This applies to full and half day students.

Planned Early Dismissal:  Children who attend morning Pre-K and Friends Together will be dismissed at 10:40 a.m. Afternoon Pre-K and Friends Together students will be picked up and classes will begin at 10:50 a.m. at LMES. The PM Pre-K and Friends Together students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. with the rest of the school.

School Delays and Cancellations

If schools are open, the ultimate decision to send one's child to school rests with the parents/guardians. Because of varying transportation requirements among area school districts, some school systems may remain open on certain snow days while other schools choose to close.

Current number of 2017-18 Weather-Related Cancelled Days:  5 (10/30/17, 12/14/17, 1/4/18, 1/5/18, 1/17/18)

In the event of inclement weather or other causes (power outages, etc.) for the delayed opening or closing of school, the Superintendent or her designee will determine an appropriate and safe course of action. Generally, the decision is made and announced between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Although every attempt is made to determine the opening status of the schools as early as possible, the Superintendent reserves the right to make that decision at anytime based on the conditions of the moment. In the case of a delayed opening, please continue to check the status of the schools, as the status could change to a closing if the weather or an emergency situation continues/worsens.

SchoolMessenger Communications

The District uses the SchoolMessenger electronic email communication system to contact and communication with parents/guardians. In order to accurately deliver information regarding school delays/closures, please create your own contact preference profile using SchoolMessenger’s Contact Manager web site. Contact Manager allows you to control the ways in which you prefer to be contacted. Unless the parent/guardian specifically selects to be contacted by telephone, Region 15 does not make SchoolMessenger automated phone calls to parents/guardians for these early morning notifications of school closings, delayed openings, or emergency early dismissals.

Emergency Early Dismissal

In the case of an emergency early dismissal, every effort will be made to make a decision as soon as possible in order to follow the emergency early dismissal schedule, as charted above. However, a decision could be made at anytime to dismiss earlier or later than the posted schedule.  If there is a chance of inclement weather and parents/guardians will not be available that day due to work or other obligations, parents/guardians should check in with those adults listed as emergency contacts and make arrangements in case an emergency early release is called.


Region 15 will post any unscheduled delays/cancellations at the top of the District and school websites. 

Click HERE for Delay & Cancellation information from Superintendent Botsford.

Other methods of communication will be used for notification of school closures and delayed openings, including:

  • Region 15's Social Media sites (e.g. Facebook page, Twitter)

  • SchoolMessenger: The District will use the SchoolMessenger electronic email communication system to contact parents.   Unless the parent has selected to "opt in" to receiving early morning calls, the District does not send SchoolMessenger automated phone calls to parents for early morning notification of school closings, emergency early releases, or delayed openings.

  • Radio & Television: local and regional stations  (see chart below)

  Call Letters Frequency Town/Website
AM Radio Station WTIC 1080 Hartford
TV Stations WFSB-TV Channel 3
  WTNH-TV Channel 8
  WTIC Fox 61
  WVIT-TV Channel 30