School Delays and Closures

Family Notification
The district will take the following steps to notify families in the event of a change to the school schedule:
Honeywell Instant Alert Messages are delivered by way of a family's main phone number on file with the school district. The Honeywell system also allows for additional devices (cell phone, work phone) to be added by a family to their account. In order to receive the messages on these other devices, please visit the Honeywell Instant Alert page and review the instructions for adding devices and checking the accuracy of information already on file. It is highly recommended that families review their account before the winter season arrives.
Web posting
A banner will appear across the district's website with information regarding the situation. In the event of a delayed opening or early dismissal, be sure to consult the website; additional details will be posted here that are beyond the message scope of Honeywell. In the event of a wide-spread emergency encompassing a large service area for Honeywell, it is possible that voice and data messages could be delayed in the company's queue. Routinely checking the website is a good practice during known emergencies.
Local media sources
The district will provide information to FIOS 1, News Channel 12 New Jersey, and Channel 2 News.
Social media Depending on the nature of the schedule change, the district may also post to Facebook and via Twitter.

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures:
Delayed Opening
For a delayed opening, all schools will open at 10 a.m. Check the district website to confirm student schedules. Typically, they are:
Classes begin at 10 a.m. and follow an abbreviated schedule for Periods 1-6 in numeric order, blocks specific to pre-determined day in the rotation.
Classes begin at 10 a.m. and follow an abbreviated schedule for Periods 1-9.
Elementary schools
All classes begin at 10 a.m. The Preschool Disabled Class at Coleman runs from 10-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 1-3 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Community School
The Before Care Program is cancelled. Mom & Tot is cancelled. All other Tots Preschool classes begin at 10 a.m. Transitional Kindergarten begins at 10 a.m. After Care runs on normal schedule.

Early Dismissal
For an unscheduled early dismissal (not a scheduled half day,) schools will open at normal times, but all after school and evening meetings, athletics and co-curricular activities are cancelled. Note: depending on the circumstances, the times mentioned below could change.
GRHS and GRMS will dismiss at 12:26 p.m.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:33 p.m. The afternoon Preschool Disabled Class at Coleman is cancelled.
Community School
Tots 4-Year-Old class and Transitional Kindergarten dismiss at noon. The After Care program is cancelled and parents are asked to pick up their children at 12:33 p.m. following the elementary school's dismissal procedure.

District Closure
All classes for all schools are cancelled for the day. All before school, after school and evening activities and programs are cancelled.

Delayed Opening that becomes a Closure
In the event that worsening conditions warrant closing schools after a delay has already been announced, an updated Honeywell will be sent and an updated banner will be posted on the website. See District Closure, above.

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