Dear Families,

This is the time of year when teachers and students alike look forward to cool, crisp autumn air.  As you can tell, not this year!

The opening of school always brings with it unique challenges, and this year is no different.  As always, our first priority is student safety. To that end, given reports from the City’s Emergency Management Agency and updated forecast modelings for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29th, the Biddeford School Department will shutter its schools early.  Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:20, and the middle and high schools at 12:15.  Temperatures in some rooms today are in the high 90s, and will only be worse tomorrow.  Faculty and staff will be on duty until all students are safely dismissed, and our buildings emptied.  

A few more details about tomorrow’s closure:

  • This affects grades 1-9 only and will not count as a “snow day”
  • Lunches will be served
  • Athletic teams–please be in contact with coaches.  Some teams may have earlier or later practices times, or be cancelled.
  • Adult Education courses will run as scheduled
  • JFK will reschedule open house until September 4th from 4:30-6:30pm
  • Kindergarten screening for tomorrow morning will be held as scheduled.  The afternoon screening sessions will be canceled and the school will be contacting parents individually to reschedule.

Please send your children to school well-hydrated and appropriately dressed tomorrow. Consider packing extra water and taking other precautions typical of heat advisories.

The start of school can be a very stressful time with new bus routes, construction and myriad other details.  Several other schools in Southern Maine are exercising the same abundant caution and closing at a similar time. We are sensitive to the fact that students are anxious about the first day, and that parents may need to make alternative arrangements for child care.  

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding.

Jeremy Ray