Delays/Cancellations

  • During the winter months we may experience severe weather conditions.  When necessary, for reasons of safety, a delay or cancellation of school may be decided.  The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the decision to either cancel or delay school when weather conditions arise.  Parents and/or guardians also have the responsibility of making a decision as to whether their child should go to school.  If a child is not attending school and school is in session, parents and/or guardians must notify the school of this decision.  As partners, the overriding concern at all times is the safety of the children.

    In all severe weather conditions the progress of the event is monitored with input from the Boston and local media, the Department of Public Works, the Fire and Police Departments and the school department's Director of Operations.

    A delay/cancellation is decided as early in the morning as possible, usually between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.  All parents and/or guardians will receive a Connect-Ed telephone message stating the decision for a delay, cancellation or early release.  In addition, this decision will appear on television stations WBZ, WCVB, WHDH, Fox 25 and radio station WNBP.

    Early Dismissal Times (ER) are as follows:

    Amesbury High School, Amesbury Middle School and Amesbury Academy will dismiss at 10:50 a.m.  Amesbury Elementary and Cashman Elementary Schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

    Professional Release Times (PRT) are as follows:

    Amesbury High School, Amesbury Middle School and Amesbury Academy will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.  Amesbury Elementary and Cashman Elementary Schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.

    Gary S. Reese, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools