Other Districts have Delayed Openings, Why NOT Lowell?


After hearing from many parents School committee member Kim Scott filed this motion

by Kimberly Scott]: Request the Superintendent develop a plan to implement a delayed start in lieu of a school cancellation when appropriate.

The new Supt. did exactly that but two of the members (Gendron / Martin ) who did not support him, argued against his plan and asked him to review. Martin seemed more concerned with CTI her employer than she did about the delay or the fact parents are the ones who want a delay.

Those of us who work in the private sector know it is easier to tell the boss or owner that we will be late than having to take the whole day off. Martin seems to forget that not every parent can or uses CTI and the School System should worry about all students not just those that use CTI services.

If Boston, Worcester, Brockton and Lawrence can do delayed openings, are Martin and Gendron saying the citizens of Lowell aren’t smart enough to understand how a delay works?

Many districts have policies in place on their websites for delays, why can’t Lowell? Here are A few policies direct from their school websites or handbooks.

SNOW DAYS – Boston
All “no school snow days” and/or delayed openings are announced and made public by the Superintendent.

Delayed School Opening/Early Dismissal/School Cancellation Policy

The School Administration will exercise one of the following options when weather conditions dictate a change in the normal opening of the school day:
a. Cancellation of school
b. Delay of one hour in the opening of school
c. Delay of two hours in the opening of school
d. If a delay is in effect, a.m. preschool will be cancelled, p.m. preschool will be

Delayed AM School Opening
If there is a one-hour delay in the opening of school, all procedures now in place will be delayed by one hour. A two-hour delay requires that all procedures in place be delayed by two hours. These procedures include:
a. reporting time of pupils
b. pick up time of all bus routes (i.e.: If a bus normally picks up a child at
7:15 a.m. in a one-hour delay it would be 8:15 a.m. If a bus normally picks up a child at 7:15 a.m., in a two-hour delay it would be 9:15 a.m.)

Brockton has a delayed opening –

Weather Delays and Early Dismissals Policies
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:32 | Print

Please be aware, Lawrence Public Schools is preparing for weather emergencies. In an effort to safeguard our students and staff, LPS will be implementing two new weather-related policies:
2-Hour Delayed Opening for Students
Early Dismissal for Students
If the Superintendent implements either of these policies, staff and students will be notified by: local media outlets(TV and radio), Connect Ed message to your home, and the LPS website.

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