The Superintendent may close the schools, delay opening, or dismiss them early in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the health or safety of students and personnel. While it may be prudent, under certain circumstances, to excuse all students from attending school, to delay the opening hour or to dismiss students early, the Superintendent has the responsibility to see that as much of the administrative, supervisory and operational activity is continued as may be possible. Therefore, if conditions affect only a single school, only that school will be closed.
In making the decision to close schools, the Superintendent will consider many factors, including the following principal ones relating to the fundamental concern for the safety and health of the children:
1. Weather conditions, both existing and predicted.
2. Driving, traffic, and parking conditions affecting public and private transportation facilities.
3. Actual occurrence or imminent possibility of any emergency condition that would make the operation of schools difficult or dangerous.
4. Inability of teaching personnel to report for duty, which might result in inadequate supervision of students.
Students, parents and staff will be informed through local media, school-to-home communications, social media, and district website about school closings, delays, or early dismissals. School-year staff members will follow collective bargaining procedures on these emergency non-school days and other full-year staff members will follow the direction of the Superintendent about reporting to work.
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:4; 71:4A