Dear Parents / Guardians,

The safety of our students and staff is an important responsibility and we make decisions carefully when making the decision to cancel school, dismiss students early or have students arrive late.

After conferring with the transportation department, the police department, the public works department, surrounding area schools and the latest weather forecast, a decision is made on whether to hold or cancel school.

Not everyone agrees with each storm day decision. As parents, you have the ultimate decision. If we hold school and you are concerned with your youngster traveling, by all means, keep him/her home.

We will report our cancellations, delays and early releases with an Instant Alert message, tweet, facebook, email, and be posting the cancellation on the main page of our website ( www.biddefordschools.me ). Cancellations will also be reported on local television stations (channels 6, 8, & 13).

2 Hour Delay to Start of School will be used on stormy days when travel is expected to improve during the morning commute. If the 2-hour delay procedure is used, parents should plan on bus transportation picking students up approximately 2 hours after their regular pick-up time. Breakfast will be available for students even with a two-hour delay in the start of school. Below are the start times:
JFK – 9:50 am
BPS – 9:50 am
BIS – 9:50 am
BMS – 10:40 am
BHS/COT – 10:40 am

NOTE: In the event that a late start falls on an “Early Release” Wednesday, we will follow 
the 2-hour delay schedule and K-12 students will remain in school and be released at the regular ending time.

Early Dismissal: The Biddeford School Committee has a policy of limiting early dismissal due to inclement weather as it provides little or no time for families to provide alternative care for their children. With careful planning and the student’s welfare in mind, we will make every attempt to not dismiss school early. As the weather can be unpredictable, there may be exceptions where the weather will warrant early dismissal.

Therefore, we hope that you will discuss with your student(s) what they are to do in an emergency and communicate this information to their school as well.

Contact Info: This year, we have asked parents to update their child’s contact information online. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date so that snow day calls reach you. If you need assistance with your username and password, please contact the school secretary. Correct contact information is critical for the school department. Without this information, we will not be able to contact you during school closings and emergencies.

I sincerely hope this clarifies any questions you may have regarding the process of canceling school due to inclement/hazardous weather.

Respectfully,
Jeremy Ray
Superintendent of Schools