School Closing Information
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School Closing Procedures
The South Portland School Department system uses a variety of sources of information to
determine whether to close schools, or dismiss school early. These sources include actual
physical inspection of the roads and school conditions by transportation officials and other
staff at spots throughout the district, and an analysis of independent reports from the South
Portland Public Works Department and the National Weather Service.
Consistent procedures are maintained in order to respond quickly to emergency weather
conditions and protect the safety and well-being of students. All public schools within the South
Portland School Department adhere to the same procedures concerning emergency weather
conditions. The decision to change school operations is made by the Superintendent of Schools
or his/her designee and will affect all schools within the school system.
Information about school operations is announced publicly as soon as possible on local radio,
television stations, and on twitter at (South Portland Maine espsdme).
Television Stations Radio Stations
Channel 6 WBLM 102.9 FM WMGX 93.1FM
Channel 8 WPOR 101.9 FM WYNZ 100.9 FM
Channel 13 WGAN 5600FM
If schools are closed or delayed, the announcement is usually made by 5:30 am. If schools are
closing early, the announcements are made in a timely manner.
The South Portland School Department uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send
email and text alerts directly to parents and staff. See the attached guide to help you get
Schools may be closed early, and all operations affecting dismissal of students including Bus
Transportation will be activated earlier than the regular school closing time. The
Superintendent of Schools will decide if school and community activities for the afternoon and
evening are cancelled.
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