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Inclement Weather & Emergency Dismissal Policy

REGULAR SCHEDULE:  St. James School Only

Doors Open:  7:30 a.m.     Tardy (Parent must sign-in in office): 7:45 a.m.

Dismissal is at 2:10 p.m.    After School Program operates on regular days from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

AM Preschool opens at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 11:00 a.m.

PM Preschool opens at 11:30 a.m. with dismissal at 2:30 p.m.


SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS:  Follow Stratford Schools

Please listen to local broadcasts, both TV and Radio, should the weather be questionable when you get up on a school morning.  We follow the town of Stratford.  If Stratford cancels school, so do we!  Please listen carefully as many have confused the town of Stafford with the town of Stratford.


SCHOOL DELAY: usually 2 HOUR delay

If we start late, the doors will open at 9:30 a.m.  NO child may be dropped at school earlier than 9:30 a.m.  AM Preschool class begins at 9:30 a.m.  All other grades begin at 9:50 a.m. Any student arriving after 9:50 must be signed-in tardy.  There is no change to dismissal times.  Afternoon Preschool follows the usual schedule.  There is aftercare and after school when we experience a delay.



On regularly scheduled half days dismissal time is 11:25 a.m.  These dates appear on the academic calendar.



On any day that we begin school and bad weather or some other situation requires the town to call an unexpected early dismissal, we will dismiss at 11:25 a.m.  In the case of early unplanned dismissal, we will send a text and phone alert to all parents.  Bus service is still provided at 11:30 a.m.



We recommend you tune into radio stations WICC-600 A.M., WEBE-108 FM, or WEZN-999.9 FM and Channel 3, 6 or 12 TV News.  We will also post all schedule changes on our website as soon as we know.


EMERGENCY DISMISSALS:  We will follow the instructions that you provide us on the emergency form if ever such an event occurs.  If you have registered your e-mail address with us, we will send out a notification of emergency dismissal via e-mail as well.



SCHEDULED EARLY DISMISSAL:  Only the morning preschool class meets for the regularly scheduled hours of 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  There is no aftercare/after school.   All students will go home at 11:00 a.m. unless they are enrolled in the After School Program (not after care) and the program is in session on that day. Note, there are days when after school is NOT in session and we have an early dismissal.


UNPLANNED/WEATHER-RELATED EARLY DISMISSAL:  Whenever we have any unexpected early dismissal, the morning Preschool students will have class as usual.  There will NOT be afternoon preschool.  All morning preschoolers must be picked-up at 11:00 a.m. as in a weather or emergency dismissal, there is no aftercare/after school.


DELAYED OPENINGS:  *See School Delays Above*



Town of Stratford postings:

On-line closings/postings:

On-line weather:


EMERGENCY BROADCAST/PAGE SYSTEM:  We will call and text you in an emergency situation or in the event of an unplanned early dismissal.  The message comes from no reply at or MSP. Please make sure that your personal contact information is correct in the system. You can log-on to the MSP portal and update it through the “profile” link on the right of the screen.