• During the winter and spring months, a possibility always exists of school closures and/or schedule changes due to inclement weather. The decision to change school schedules because of adverse conditions is based on one factor; the safety of all students and staff. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about emergency school closures.

School Closure FAQs

  • How do schools determine how long students can stay outside when the air quality is unhealthy?

  • When are decisions made about school closures and how will I know?

  • What factors go into the decision?

  • Is there a set temperature that would cause the district to close schools?

  • Sometimes schools have power outages or other emergencies such as broken pipes. When this happens, what is the procedure in 27J?

  • What happens when the number of school days lost due to emergency school closures exceeds the number of school days required by the state?

  • Will 27J Schools ever delay the start of the school day?

  • How can I make sure my student is safe?

  • Will there still be before and after-school care in the event of a closure or delayed start?

  • What about school bus transportation when the weather is bad?