School Cancellation/Delayed Opening Procedures

The following procedures will be followed for a school cancellation/school delay:

  1. A decision will be made as early as possible, preferably between 5:00-5:30 am.

  2. All families and employees will receive a voice call and email via Blackboard Connect.

  3. School cancellation/delay will be announced on Channels 4, 5, 7, NECN & Fox 25.

  4. The no school/delay announcement will be posted on Facebook, and the District website

 School start times for one and two hour delayed openings are below:


Early Dismissal:
It may become necessary to close schools early due to an emergency. In the event of an early or emergency dismissal, all after-school and evening activities will be cancelled. In the event of an early or emergency dismissal, it is the responsibility of the parent to have a plan for parent pickup and/or childcare for their child.

Other Important Reminders:

  • The Ayer Childcare Program & Shirley extended day will both be closed when the schools are closed. ACP & Extended Day follow the delayed opening schedule.

  • AM pre-school sessions are cancelled in the event of a delayed opening.


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