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Emergency Closing Info
Early Closing Information
An early closing may be announced if weather conditions worsen during the day. Our emergency phone notification system will be used to call you at the numbers you provided. If the weather gets worse after your child has left for school, we also recommend that you keep checking this web site, our Facebook page or our Twitter feed @MTSDnews, or listen to the radio, for early closing information. You and your child should have a plan in case he or she gets home before you, especially in winter weather.
Emergency early closing dismissal times will usually be as follows but may occur at any time:
- High School 11:10 AM
- Middle School 11:40 AM
- Regional Day 12:45 PM
- Ridgeway 12:20 PM
- MTES 12:50 PM
- Whiting 12:50 PM
PM pre-school is cancelled in the event of an emergency early closing.
All sports and after-school activities are cancelled.
Delayed Opening Information
When a delayed opening is announced for Manchester, all schools will open 1½ hours (90 minutes) later than their normal opening time.
Students should be at their bus stop 1½ hours later than the regular pick-up time. (except for PM Pre-K - see schedule)
ALL BEFORE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND CHILDCARE ARE CANCELLED ON DELAYED OPENING DAYS.
Sometimes a delayed opening will be changed to a closing, so it is important to check for updates throughout the morning.
Delayed Opening Schedule
High School: 8:40 AM-1:38 PM
AM Vocational programs cancelled
Middle School: 9:09 AM - 2:30 PM
MTES: 10:20 AM - 3:30 PM
AM CHILDCARE CANCELLED
Ridgeway: 9:50-3:00 PM
AM Pre-K 9:50-11:50 AM
PM Pre-K 1:00 - 3:00 PM
AM CHILDCARE CANCELLED
Whiting: 10:20 AM - 3:30 PM
AM Pre-K 10:20 AM - 12:20 PM
PM Pre-K 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
AM CHILDCARE CANCELLED
Regional Day School: 10:15 AM - 2:45 PM
Notifications & Alerts
Manchester Township School District, like most school districts, uses outside vendors to send automated phone calls and e-alerts to parents concerning delayed openings, school closings, early dismissals and other emergencies. These services have been reliable, however, they are activated using the internet and we want you to know that the possibility exists that our automated phone calls and e-mails could be delayed by internet service interruptions, power outages, or other technical glitches. MTSD would like to remind you that there are alternative ways to receive this important information. We recommend you sign up for several different options from the list below:
Automated Phone Calls
Our district uses an automated phone system for emergency and other important notifications. This system is capable of calling all parents in the district within a few minutes. It is important that we have the correct emergency contact information for your child. A form is sent home at the beginning of the year for you to provide a phone number for notification in the event of an emergency closing. To update your information, please call the school office. Also, if you have your phone set to block unknown callers or set to do not disturb, you may want to add the school and district (732-350-5900) phone numbers to your phone directory and/or favorites list.
E-Alerts and Text Alerts from our Website
Please register on our website to receive email alerts for emergencies and other news. Go to www.manchestertwp.org/help for instructions. Please be sure to sign up for EMERGENCY ALERTS as well as any district and school news feeds.
A message will be posted on our website, usually by 5:30AM. If the decision is made the night before, the message will be posted at that time. Our Twitter and Facebook feeds may also be viewed on our homepage and our News page and will be used as a backup should we be unable to post to the website itself. Always double-check our social media feeds if nothing is posted on the webpage.
Follow us on Twitter. You may also sign up to receive text alerts from our Twitter feed - even if you don’t have a Twitter account – by texting ‘Follow @MTSDnews’ to 40404. Our Twitter feed may also be viewed on our website homepage and news page.
Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manchesterschools. Our Facebook feed may also be viewed on our website homepage and news page.
The following media outlets are notified and broadcast the information on their news programs and/or websites: Asbury Park Press, Manchester Patch, Jersey Shore Online, WOBM 92.7FM, WJRZ 100.1FM, WJLK-The Point 1310AM/94.3FM, and NJ 101.5.
We hope the questions and answers below will help you understand our decision-making process concerning keeping our schools open or closing them during inclement weather.
- How is the decision made?
- Who makes the decision?
- When is the decision made?
- Will programs/activities/sports be cancelled due to inclement weather?
- How are snow days made up?
The decision to open or close schools during inclement weather takes several factors into consideration. Those factors are as follows:
There are times when there is no perfect decision. Weather forecasts are not always accurate and there is always the chance that conditions turn out to be worse or better than expected. After heavy accumulations, bus stops may not be safe for several days, even if the roads are clear for vehicles. Our township is very large geographically and conditions may vary by neighborhood or even on your own street. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, please use your best judgment. The safety of our students – your children – is our number one priority and will be the number one factor when deciding whether to keep schools open or to close them during inclement weather. We feel it is always better to err on the side of caution than to put our students and staff at risk.
Information is gathered to make the decision prior to 5:30 a.m., if possible, so that we may communicate that decision to parents/guardians and teachers. An initial decision to delay may be made, followed by another decision to close school due to worsening weather. If school is open and the weather worsens after students have arrived, a decision may be made to close the schools early. In the event of an early closing, the decision will usually be made before 11:00 a.m.
Snow days are not built in to our calendar. They are generally added to the end of the school year, although if there are excessive days in a year, days may be taken from Spring Break or other holidays. Please be aware that the last day of school and graduation may change due to emergency closings. If you have a graduating student, please do not make unchangeable plans for the week immediately following the original graduation date as that date is likely to change.
The state requires school districts to provide 180 days of instruction for students, therefore, all school closing days must be made up by June 30 of the school year. Our schools will be open for students 180 days during the year regardless of holidays and emergency closings.