School Closing / Delayed Start Information
Snow Letter to Families - November 2019
Dear Randolph Families and Community,
It is that time of year again when we are forced to pay closer attention to the weather forecast. Like forecasting, the school-closing decision process is not a perfect science. At some point inclement weather will close schools, delay openings, and maybe even cause early dismissals. Although our students are better served by being in school, our top priority is their safety. If the weather forecast warns of dangerous conditions, schools can be cancelled the night before. If there is a chance we might be able to have school the next day, then the final decision must wait until the morning. As much as I hate waiting, it is the most responsible way to make the decision.
As Superintendent, I am responsible for the final decision. I work closely with the Director of Facilities to monitor State and local weather forecasts. The Facilities Director, in turn, works with the Department of Public Works (DPW) who provide updates to us on snow removal operations and neighborhood road conditions. We take into consideration the most dangerous roads within the district, the amount of snow and ice accumulated, whether precipitation is continuing, building conditions, driveway and parking lot conditions, and more. I also communicate with other local school districts on whether they will delay, open or close a full day. Early closing is very unlikely as we would risk sending students home to empty houses; however, if the weather becomes severe while schools are open, then an early release may be the only choice.
If the situation dictates, a 2-hour delayed opening may be implemented for Randolph Public Schools. If that is the case, buses would pick up 2 hours later than their regular schedule.
2 Hour Delayed Start Times for RPS:
RHS: 9:20 a.m. – 2:03 p.m.
RCMS: 9:35 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
K-5: 10:30 a.m. – 3:15p.m.
Pre-k: Closed AM / Open PM
District Offices will open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, please discourage teenagers from driving in bad conditions and offer them alternatives, if weather conditions worsen.
Once a decision is made to close schools, a ConnectEd phone message is sent out to our families by no later than 5:00 AM. Families will also be notified the evening before, if we are expecting record snow fall and/or blizzard conditions overnight. In either case, the RPS Website and social media pages, along with all local media outlets will publish the closing information.
As per State regulations, students must attend school for a minimum of 180 days and the school year must end by June 30. If a school is closed due to inclement weather, the day will be made-up at the end of the school year. Please be patient as road conditions will dictate bus travel. Our bus drivers will use caution to ensure the safety of the students that may result in unexpected delays.
Unfortunately, even with the best information available from many sources, New England weather can surprise all of us. Please know that we are committed to making the best-informed decision during inclement weather and that your child’s safety is a priority.
*Reminder that busses will pickup 2 hours later than normal times on delayed start days***
**School Closing information can be found on the RPS Websites, Facebook, RPS Smartphone App, Channel 7 News, WBZ News, WCVB News, Fox 25 News, RCTV, and via our ConnectED Messaging System.
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