No School Announcement Procedure
The decision to close school is usually difficult--especially, when you consider the geographic size of our District, the size of our bus fleet, and the varying road and weather conditions throughout our five towns. We gather information from many sources including reports from storm alert services, weather stations, and emergency dispatch centers in the area. We also confer with other surrounding school districts. In many of our households, parents leave home by 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. for work, and thus, must arrange for their children's care prior to that time. Therefore, we try to make decisions to close the schools by 5:45 a.m.
With the decision made, it requires us to notify over 750 employees and 3 television stations. Employees and parents will now be notified through the School Messenger alert system. Closings are announced on the District's website, the Central Office Blog and Facebook page, and on the following television stations: Channel 6 WCSH-TV; Channel 8 WMTW-TV; and Channel 13 WGME-TV. Local radio stations get their information from the television stations. Closings may be listed under MSAD 6, SAD 6, or RSU 6.
Parents are advised that occasionally the District may consider a one- or two-hour delay as an option. On these occasions, the buses will arrive approximately one or two hours later than usual. Parents are also advised to check the District’s website during days when school is in session and the weather appears to be deteriorating rapidly. It is necessary, on occasion, to close all schools early.
Ultimately, the decision to send youngsters to school rests with the parent. If school is held, and in your opinion, you feel it would be unsafe for your child to ride the bus, please have your child stay home, or if you wish, transport the child to school yourself.
We put a great deal of time and effort into making our decision and many people are involved, but Maine weather can change rapidly, and occasionally, we make the "wrong call." Please remember, we are trying our best, and we thank you for your understanding.
For more information on the School Messenger alert system or for directions to update your account, please visit the Technology Department's website or "click" on this link.