Closing and Delays
School administrators work hard to determine if it is safe for students to be transported to schools. The decision rests with the superintendent after consultation with key district personnel. The superintendent monitors reports from various sources to determine if students and staff can be transported safely. In addition, road conditions beyond West Windsor and Plainsboro must be evaluated as employees might have delays in getting to work.
There are numerous factors to weigh in making the decision to close schools or to have an early closing. First and foremost, the superintendent must consider the safety of students and staff. Questions to ask include, Can the buses deliver students to and from home? Can students safely wait outside for school buses? Have crews cleaned the roads sufficiently so staff can drive to school or back home? Secondly, the superintendent must make a final decision no later than 5:30 a.m. to close schools and by 10 a.m. in order to inform the staff and community about the unfolding events of the day.
In the very early hours of the morning, the director of Buildings and Grounds will contact local police and the directors of public works for West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships, study weather forecasts, and review conditions on district property. The Transportation coordinator communicates with bus contractors and key department employees. While they discuss the road situation, the superintendent reviews conditions across the region. The superintendent discusses the local conditions with the assistant superintendent for Finance and confers with area superintendents. With all this information, the superintendent makes a decision, which is then disseminated to district administrators. In addition, a message is placed on the district web site (www.ww-p.org), on the cable stations (Plainsboro: Channel 3 and West Windsor: Channel 27), and on the district telephone system (716-5000). Throughout the morning, the superintendent monitors road conditions and keeps principals advised of any changes to the daily schedule.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Each decision regarding school openings must be done on a case-by-case basis. The number one priority is safety.
If road conditions permit, a 90-minute delay can be utilized. Information will be delivered through the same channels: the district web site (www.ww-p.org), the township cable stations (West Windsor: Channel 27 and Plainsboro: Channel 3), and the district main telephone number: 609-716-5000.
90-MINUTE DELAYED OPENING TIMES
9:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
9:13 a.m. to 2:46 p.m.
10:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
If WW-P has a 90-minute delay, AM Preschool is cancelled.
EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE
There are times when school is in session and the weather begins to deteriorate, and an early school closing must be put into effect. While this decision is very difficult, as it involves making sure that all students who leave school have a place to go, the decision is reached by 10:30 a.m. If this decision is made, there is no PM kindergarten and no Extended Day Program (EDP), and all after school activities are cancelled. All children in EDP will ride the school bus home or to a pre-arranged stop if schools close early for emergency conditions. An early closing also cancels adult education programs and community programs that use the school buildings.
While any emergency closings or delays create disruption into the routine of school days, the superintendent must think first and foremost of the safety of transporting students to schools. The decision is not made lightly and not without thinking of the impact on students, employees, and parents. In addition, it is important to remember that weather problems can cause bus delays and parents should have their emergency plans for child care in effect.
7:40 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
7:43 a.m. to 12:12 p.m.
8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
If WW-P has an early dismissal, PM Preschool is cancelled.
There is no Afternoon Kindergarten on an Early Dismissal Day due to inclement weather.
For pre-planned early dismissal, Afternoon Kindergarten is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.