Be Prepared for School Cancellations
Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to
school due to the conditions of roads and sidewalks.
School closing decisions generally are made by 5:30 a.m. They are announced on the school district’s website (www.portlandschools.org), Facebook page (Portland ME Public Schools) and on local radio and television stations, including TV3.
schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities usually are
cancelled, too. However, Portland Recreation may be open for
participants of their before- and after-school program. Please call the
Recreation Information Hotline at 756-8130 for updates or check the
Portland Recreation page on Facebook.
The district may delay the
start of school or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or
specific issues in one or more buildings. Notifications will occur in
the same way as full-day cancellations. Parents also will be notified
of unexpected early releases through the district's automated calling
system, so that parents can plan for picking up their children or
arranging for them to have access to other care arrangements.
family needs a back-up plan for school cancellations. Please arrange
for a neighbor, family member, friend or child-care provider to care for
your child. Be sure that your child’s school has a current phone
number to reach you in case of emergency.
For more information about cancellations, visit:http://www2.portlandschools.org/school-closing-information
Safety is our primary concern for our students and parents.
drop-off/pick-up will remain in the LOWER parking area. Please do not
park in the drop-off area. The bus area and upper parking lot are not
areas for drop-off/pick-up.
Students are supervised by our
educational technicians in the auditorium beginning at 8:00 a.m. Our
school day begins at 8:15 a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be
At the end of the school day (3:05 p.m.)
students are escorted by school staff to the lower parking lot. Please
remind your children to stay on the sidewalk until they are picked up by
a parent or family member. We need your cooperation in following all
drop-off/pick-up procedures for your children’s safety.
had the Portland Police Department come out to observe the procedures to
give us feedback and other suggestions. They will be at school twice a
month to observe pick-up procedures.
Thank you for working with us to make the arrival and dismissal time orderly, efficient and safe!
is a pre-K through grade 5 school located off outer Forest Avenue in
Portland, Maine. Our school is in a community building which we are very
lucky to have a branch of the Portland Public Library, the City of
Portland Dental Health Services and space for the Recreation Department
of Portland Parks and Recreation that includes a swimming pool.
grounds include tennis courts, a basketball court, playscape and
multiple ball fields. Gardens planted by students dot the area and a
community garden has been established.
If you need help translating this information into another language, please call the Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs at 874-8135.