School Closings/Delayed Openings/Early Dismissal Procedures
Information about school closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals is conveyed through an emergency notification system by telephone. If you are not receiving phone messages from the District, please contact your school's Main Office to provide a current telephone number.
DELAYED SCHOOL OPENING (2 Hour Delay for All Schools)
When a DELAYED OPENING is announced, the school day begins at the following times:
New Milford High School: 10:00 AM
David E. Owens Middle School: 10:15 AM
Berkley Street and B.F Gibbs Elementary Schools: 10:25 AM
There may be times when it is practical to have a delayed school opening. If such an eventuality occurs, all schools will be on a two hour delay and close at regular dismissal times. Lunch will be served during delayed opening days. Individual building schedules for delayed school openings and short session days will be given to parents in September.
Parents will be notified about delayed openings via the district’s emergency call system. If needed, PTO telephone squads will be in touch with parents to alert them of a delayed opening. Additionally, parents may utilize the radio and television stations and websites listed below for bulletins pertaining to delayed openings. In the event of a delayed opening, the initial announcement will state that New Milford schools will open at 10:00am. If weather conditions worsen during the early morning hours, a subsequent notification will indicate that schools are closed for the day. You may dial 201.261.2952 between 6:30am and 8:30am for an informational message concerning a delayed opening. Any questions pertaining to this arrangement should be directed to your building principal.
It is important that parents/guardians advise their child’s school of any change in telephone numbers so that the caller alert system can be kept up to date. Doing so will ensure that households receive delayed opening information.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
When an EARLY DISMISSAL is announced, the school day ends at the following times:
New Milford High School: 12:19 PM
David E. Owens Middle School: 12:23 PM
Berkley Street and B.F Gibbs Elementary Schools: 12:35 PM
If school closings are necessary, parents will be notified via the district’s emergency call system. If needed, PTO telephone squads will be in touch with parents to alert them of a school closing. Announcements about emergency school closings will be made during the early hours by AM radio stations WOR (710), WBCS (880) and WINS (1010). Emergency school closings will be broadcast on News 12 New Jersey as well. You can also receive school closing information by logging onto www.News12.com, www.wor710.com or www.wcbs880.com and clicking on the school closing link. Lastly, school closings will be announced by dialing 201.261.2952.
Residents are instructed NOT to contact radio stations or the local police department whenever severe weather prevails throughout the area. During storm conditions telephone lines to radio stations and police departments must be kept open for emergency calls.
If emergency conditions occur AFTER the start of the school day we will make a decision pertaining to whether or not school should be dismissed early. If school is to be dismissed early, telephone calls will be made to parents, alerting them to the fact that all schools in the district will dismiss at their respective short session dismissal times. It is important that parents/guardians advise their child’s school of any change in telephone numbers so that the caller alert system can be kept up to date. Doing so will ensure that households receive emergency closing information.