School Closures

  • The winter months increase the possibility of school closures–or delayed openings due to severe weather conditions.

    Decisions to close school or delay starting times are always difficult. Before a decision is made, school and bus company officials monitor weather conditions and personally check the roads. If conditions are severe enough to threaten the safety of students traveling to and from school, a decision is made to close or delay school. The decision is usually made by 6 A.M. The announcement will be posted on the following:

    Barnstable School Website

    School District Social Media


    • WCIB - 101.9 FM
    • WQRC - 99.9 FM 
    • WCOD - 106.1 FM 
    • WXTK - 95.1 FM 
    • WOCN - 104.7 FM
    • WKPE - 103.9 FM
    • WOMR - 92.1 FM
    • WPXC - 102.9 FM
    • WPLM - 99.1 FM


    • WBZ - Channel 4
    • WCVB - Channel 5
    • WHDH - Channel 7
    • WLVI - Channel 56
    • B2BTV - Channel 22

    Two-hour late opening:

    All schools and bus times will begin two hours later than the regular starting time. School will end at the normal time. All other school activities will take place at their originally scheduled times.

    Early closure:

    If the schools dismiss students early, an announcement will be broadcast on the radio and television stations listed.

    School closed:

    All schools will be closed for the day. Students and staff are to remain home. Emergency personnel will report to work. **Unless otherwise announced, school will be in normal session.

    General information about inclement weather

    • Parents should teach their children safe walking and bus waiting procedures.
    • Because young children are likely to be affected by delays, longer travel time, or personal apprehensiveness, parents are encouraged to make individual decisions about school attendance during inclement weather.
    • When late opening is announced, morning kindergarten and pre-school classes will be canceled.
    • When early dismissal is announced, afternoon kindergarten and pre-school classes will be canceled.
    • Home pick-ups for special education students may not be possible because of time, home location, weather, or traffic. Parents of these children may phone the Special Education Dispatcher for information. 
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to their teen drivers about taking extra time and precautions when driving in inclement weather. Parents/guardians may want to consider having their young drivers arrive to school in an alternative way.

    How is the decision made?

    Weather conditions vary throughout the school district. On days when school is closed or delayed, the district receives a tremendous number of phone calls from parents and community members questioning the decision. It is important to keep in mind that the safety of all students is of prime importance and schools may be closed or delayed because of severe weather conditions in one or two school attendance areas of the district.

    Sometimes school remains open on days when there is snow on the ground. Parents who have serious concerns about the safety of their students may keep their children home–without academic penalty–until they feel it is safe for them to travel.