Weather-Related Closings

  • When weather conditions develop that warrant the closing of Jamestown Public Schools, school closings will first be announced on Twitter by Superintendent Bret Apthorpe (@JamestownSupt). Announcements will also be on area radio and television stations, on the JPS Facebook Page (@JamestownPublicSchools), and JPS Twitter (@JamestownSchool).

    The district will also communicate closing information using an automated telephone calling system. Parents and students can expect to receive telephone messages on delayed openings or school closings, as long as their telephone contact information is up-to-date in the district’s system. Please contact the main office at your child's school to update your contact information.

    There will be no interscholastic athletic sports practice or after-school programming when schools are closed. If a parent or guardian feels that weather conditions in their immediate area of the school district warrants keeping small children at home, New York State considers this to be a legal excuse for an absence. Please keep in mind that the school closing decision must be based on overall district-wide conditions.

    Delayed Opening

    If circumstances require a delayed opening, starting times will be as follows:

    One-Hour Delay
    Elementary Schools - 9:20 a.m.
    Middle Schools - 9:30 a.m.
    JHS - 9:00 a.m.

    Two-Hour Delay
    Elementary Schools - 10:20 a.m.
    Middle Schools - 10:30 a.m. 
    JHS - 10:00 a.m.

    When there is a delayed opening, the following circumstances will apply:

    • There will be bus runs.
    • Breakfast will not be served.
    • Before school programs will be canceled.
    • All full day pre-K classes will operate on a delayed schedule. This includes classes at Bush (including Head Start), Fletcher, Lincoln, Love, Ring, YWCA, A Children’s Place, YMCA Heritage House, and Head Start Holy Family.

     

    Early Dismissal

    Once schools are in session, they will usually remain open if adverse weather conditions develop during the day. Each household should develop an emergency plan within their own family for any such circumstance. Parents are advised to make sure school officials have the appropriate emergency contact numbers.

    In cases of inclement weather during the school day, after-school and evening activities may be canceled.  A decision will be made by 2 p.m. and local radio stations will be notified, along with posting on JPS Facebook and Twitter pages, and automated telephone call.
    After school programs will be prepared to receive children, will contact parents to encourage early pick up, and will stay with children until a parent arrives.  Because late bus runs will not occur, parents will need to pick up their children as soon as reasonably possible. All other activities including clubs, sports, alternative education, board meetings, etc. will be canceled for that evening.