Clifton BOE Offices   745 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013    973-470-2300

Emergency Closing \ Early Dismissal Information

Stormy Weather Information

SCHOOL CLOSING/EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STORMY WEATHER
 
Parents should make arrangements with neighbors or other responsible individuals to receive and care for the children in the event of an early dismissal.  (CHILDREN ARE TO BE INSTRUCTED BY THE PARENTS EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE TO DO IF THIS SHOULD OCCUR).
 
PARENTS ARE TO PROVIDE AN UP-TO-DATE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER OF A DESIGNATED ADULT WHO WILL ASSUME CARE OF THE CHILD WHEN THE PARENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.
 
MULTI-MEDIA POSTING OF STORMY WEATHER ENTIRE DAY SCHOOL CLOSING/EARLY DISMISSAL EMERGENCY SESSION:
  
WEB SITE ANNOUNCEMENT:  Notice of school closing will be posted on the Clifton Board of Education Web Site www.clifton.k12.nj.us. This information will be available at approximately 5:30 a.m.
 
CHANNEL 12 - NJ NEWS NETWORK - The NJ News Network will also carry notices of school closings, including the Clifton Public Schools. Closing information will be displayed at the bottom of the television screen during the morning news broadcast beginning at approximately 5:30 a.m.
 
FioS1 NEWS - The FioS1 News Network will also carry notices of school closings, including the Clifton Public Schools on Channels 501 and 1 on Verizon TV and on their website at www.fios1news.com

The Board of Education, television stations, or Police Headquarters MUST NOT BE CALLED for information regarding school closings. These telephone lines must be kept clear for emergencies. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Parent Notification System

The Parent Notification System will not be the primary system of distributing information. In order to notify the parents through the notification system effectively, several hours are needed to complete all the telephone calls. The most effective notification for school closings is Channel 12 – NJ News Network and the district web site.


Emergency/Unexpected Early School Dismissal

An early dismissal will be implemented in the event weather conditions deteriorate after students are in school. The following school closing schedule will be followed with an announcement of the closings made both by a school telephone chain where possible, and posting on the district web site www.clifton.k12.nj.us beginning at as soon as the early closing is known.  Parents / Guardians should check this site if there is any indication that weather conditions may result in an early school dismissal.  See chart for emergency early dismissal schedule.

Emergency Early Dismissal - Clifton High School
High school students will be dismissed at 11:48 a.m. when there is an emergency closing due to inclement weather.

Emergency Early Dismissal - Middle Schools
Middle school students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. when there is an emergency closing due to inclement weather.

Emergency Early Dismissal - Elementary Schools
Elementary school students in kindergarten and grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. The pre-school handicapped classes will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time of 11:10 a.m. Afternoon pre-school handicapped classes will not be held on days of early dismissal.

Emergency Early Dismissal - ESL/Bilingual Magnet Program and Talented and Gifted Pupils Attending School No. 5
 Pupils enrolled in the aforementioned programs will be picked up at each school and returned to their regular home-based schools where they will integrate into the appropriate grade levels until the 1:00 p.m. dismissal time. Pupils enrolled in the magnet school programs are to be given academic work prior to their return to the home-based schools.

Parents who cannot be at home are to be instructed to make arrangements with a neighbor, or other responsible adult, to receive and care for their children in the event of an early dismissal. Children are to be instructed by their parents of the procedure they are to follow in this eventuality. Parent-operated phone chains in place for school closing or days of delayed openings are to be used to advise parents of an early dismissal. Principals are to be informed by the calling party of all cases when parent contact cannot be made.

Students are to be instructed to proceed immediately to their homes or other pre-arranged destination agreed upon with parents who may find that they cannot be at home at the time of early dismissal. Bus students will be retained in school and supervised by staff members until such time as transportation can be provided.

In the event that weather conditions are extremely severe at the time of the dismissal, all students will be retained until there is a cessation of hazardous weather conditions.

Previously Scheduled Early Dismissals - Noted in the District School Calendar

Previously Scheduled Clifton High School Dismissal
On dates previously scheduled for early dismissal, Clifton High School will be dismissed as follows:     Grades 9-10-11-12    11:48 a.m.

Previously Scheduled Middle School Dismissal
On dates previously scheduled for early dismissal, the middle schools will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m.

Previously Scheduled Elementary School Dismissal
On dates previously scheduled for early dismissal, the elementary schools kindergarten and grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m

Delayed Opening Schedule

In the event weather conditions require schools to open later than the regular time, a delayed opening schedule will be followed as noted in the chart included in this notice. As with school closings, telephone chains will be attempted where possible and in addition, notification of the delayed opening will be posted on the district web site at www.clifton.k12.nj.us. beginning at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Chart Listing District Regular Session//Early Dismissal/Delayed Opening School Starting And Ending Times ***

School Regular Session SCHEDULED EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE 3 UNEXPECTED Early Dismissal 3 Delayed Opening
High School 7:29 - 2:10 7:29 - 11:48 7:29-11:48 8:55 - 2:10
Middle Schools 7:45 - 2:50 7:45 - 12:10 7:45 - 12:10 9:30 - 2:50
Elementary Schools Grades K-5 8:50 - 3:20 1 8:50 - 1:00 8:50 - 1:00 10:20 - 3:20 2
Pre-School Disabled A.M. 9:10 - 11:40 9:10 - 11:10 9:10 - 11:10 Cancelled
Pre-School Disabled P.M. School 12 & 17:
12:20-2:50

School 14 & 8A: 12:50-3:20
11:10 - 1:00 Cancelled School 12 & 17:
12:15-2:50

School 14 & 8A:
12:50-3:20
Pre-School Disabled: Full-Day
Schools 14, 16 and 17
9:10 - 2:30 9:10 - 11:50 9:10 - 11:50 10:40 - 2:30
 CELA/8A 4
Schools 8A, 12A, 17 & FMJ
9:00 - 3:00 9:00 - 1:00 9:00 - 1:00 10:30 - 3:00
TAG (Bused Students) Neighborhood School Schedule No TAG Program Students stay at Neighborhood School No TAG Program
Students Stay at Neighborhood School
10:20 - 3:20
Normal TAG Program

 *** Certain district elementary Schools have special programs requiring distinctive starting and ending session times. Parents are requested to inquire within their respective schools as to any varied schedules.

1 School #12, School #12 Annex and School #17 are on a one-session day schedule as follows:

          Regular Day - 8:50 A.M. - 2:50 P.M. Remedial/Enrichment - 2:50 P.M. - 3:20 P.M.

2 School #12, School #12 Annex and School #17 Delayed Opening schedule as follows:

          Grades K-5 - 10:20 A.M. - 2:50 P.M.
          Minds in Motion Program will be cancelled on all early dismissal or unexpected dismissal days

3  Lunch is not served during any early dismissal day.

4 Clifton Early Learner Academy (CELA)/ School 8 Annex is located at 39 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ.