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INFO ABOUT DELAYED START, EARLY DISMISSAL AND
EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOLS
The closing of schools for emergency reasons creates many problems for all of us. The school
district procedure and information is presented so that parents will have clear guidelines for
action if a situation necessitating the closing of schools should arise.
A decision to close schools for emergency reasons is made only after careful deliberation of the
emergency situation. The decision of whether to close schools or keep them open reflects,
foremost, our concerns for the safety of our children, the obligation to maintain the continuity of
our instructional programs and the personal inconvenience that may arise in such situations for
all of us.
Announcements will be made over local radio and television stations when inclement weather
causes dangerous conditions or when other emergencies make it necessary to DELAY the
starting time, DISMISS school earlier or to CLOSE schools for the day.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.
ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MADE ON ALL LOCAL RADIO AND TV STATIONS!
DELAYING SCHOOL STARTING TIMES
The starting time for schools will be delayed 2 hours (120 minutes) on mornings when weather
conditions make roads temporarily hazardous. When warming or clearing weather is forecast or
when additional time is needed by highway crews to plow and cinder roads, the schools will
begin 2 hours later than usual. If the parent/guardian feels that the area where they live has not
been addressed by highway crews appropriately and a potentially unsafe situation exists, they
must ultimately make the decision whether or not they should send their children to school. In
these cases, students will be marked with an excused absence.
Afternoon dismissal will be at the regular time for all students.
REGULAR STARTING TIME MODIFIED STARTING TIME DISMISSAL
Kindergarten, A.M. 9:05 A.M. 11:05 A.M. 12:55 P.M.
Kindergarten, P.M. 1:00 P.M. 1:55 P.M. 3:35 P.M.
Elementary 9:05 A.M. 11:05 A.M.
Middle/Senior High 8:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
When hazardous weather conditions develop during the day, school may be dismissed earlier
than usual. When it is necessary to close schools early, the secondary students will be dismissed
first. The kindergarten and elementary students will be released as soon as buses are available
after making the secondary trips.
When weather conditions deteriorate during the day, parents should anticipate an early
dismissal. Parents are urged to make plans in advance to care for children who will be arriving
home from school at an earlier hour. Secondary schools will be dismissed at 12:00 P.M. and
elementary schools at 1:00 P.M. A.M. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 10:40 A.M. and there
will be no P.M. Kindergarten. Arrangements will be made to care for children who are usually
picked up by their parents until the parents arrive.
SCHOOL CLOSED: RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS NOTIFIED
CLOSING SCHOOL FOR THE DAY, DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS OR OTHER
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION
Station WARM K 590 Scranton, 24 hours
Station WBAX K 1240 Wilkes-Barre, 24 hours
Station WKRZ K 1340 98.5 FM Wilkes-Barre Begin 6:00 AM
Station WILK K 980 Wilkes-Barre, Begin 5:30 AM
Station WGBI K 101 FM Scranton, Begin 6:00 AM
Station WNAK K 730 Nanticoke, Begin 6:00 AM
Station WEJL K 107 FM Nanticoke
Station WEAY K 92 FM Scranton
Station WWDK 105 FM Scranton
Station WICK 1400 AM Scranton
WBRE Channel 28 (NBC)
WYOU Channel 22 (CBS)
WNEP Channel 16 (ABC)