Snow Days & School Closure

Snow Days & School Closure
Posted on 01/08/2024
We live in New England, and whether we love them or hate them, snow days may be just around the corner. In the case of inclement weather or school closure for emergency reasons, information about school closures will be:

Posted on the District’s website (, the WPS Facebook page (@watertownpublicschools) and the WPS X feed (@watertownschool)
Emailed to parents and staff from the Superintendent’s office via the District’s messaging service

Broadcast by the following stations:
WBZ Television (Channel 4)

WCVB Television (Channel 5)

WHDH Television (Channel 7)

NBC Boston (Channel 10 and NECN)

WFXT Television (Channel 25)

WBZ Radio (AM 1030)

In most occurrences, the decision to open, delay, or close school is made between 5:30 and 6:00 AM.

Delayed Openings
A delayed opening may be announced to allow the District and/or Department of Public Works to adequately prepare streets, walkways, and parking lots for safe travel. Delayed openings will be for one (1) hour to two (2) hours after the schools’ regular scheduled start times. Before-school programs are canceled on days with delayed openings. Lunch will be served at the regular time and school will close at the regular time.

Preschool classes are canceled on days of school closure. Delayed opening may impact some of the partial-day programs. Please check the closure announcement for more details.

Extended Day
Extended Day programs are canceled on days of school closure. On days with delayed openings, before-school Extended Day programs are canceled and after-school Extended Day programs begin as usual.

On occasion, the District may call for an early release or cancel PM and evening activities including after-school Extended Day programs. Please check the aforementioned television and radio stations for notifications of PM closures.