Jamestown Public Schools Outlines Their Snow Day Procedure

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – With snow in the forecast this weekend, Jamestown Public Schools has outlined their plan for school closing and cancelations. 

If schools are closed or have a delayed opening, JPS will make an announcement on area radio and television stations, and post on the JPS Facebook Page (@JamestownPublicSchools) and JPS Twitter feed (@JamestownSchool).  

The district will also communicate with families and staff using its direct messaging system. Parents and students can expect to receive telephone, email and text messages on delayed openings or school closings, as long as their contact information is up-to-date in the district’s system. The district encourages families to contact their child’s main office to update their contact information. School closing decisions are based on overall district-wide conditions. 

If the district calls a delayed opening, starting times will be affected. When there is a delayed opening, there will be bus runs.  

For a one-hour delay, school will start as follows: 

Elementary Schools – 9:20 a.m.
Middle Schools – 9:30 a.m.
JHS – 9:00 a.m. 

For a two-hour delay, school will start as follows: 

Elementary Schools – 10:20 a.m.
Middle Schools – 10:30 a.m.
JHS – 10:00 a.m. 

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. In some cases, after-school and evening activities may be canceled. A decision will be made by 1 p.m. and local media will be notified, along with posting on JPS Facebook and Twitter pages, and direct messaging through the district’s communication system.   

In the event of after-school and evening activities being canceled, all after school programs will be prepared to receive children, but will contact parents to encourage early pick up, and will stay with children until parents can safely pick up their child.  

Because late bus runs will not occur, parents will need to pick up their children as soon as reasonably possible. Persell and Washington middle school students in the after school program will be bussed to Jefferson Middle School as normal and students will remain at the Jefferson After School Program until parents can safely pick up their children.  

In the case of school closings or an early closing, all activities including: clubs, sports, alternative education, board meetings and community activities held at a school will be canceled for that evening. 


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