Attendance and Early Dismissal

Absence: If your child is absent, please call or notify the school. When he or she returns to school you must send in a note explaining the absence.

Leaving School Early: If your child needs to be dismissed during the school day, send a note with your child in the morning. Dismissal procedures differ from school to school. Consult your school handbook or call the school office to learn the proper procedure.

Early Release Day: Days that are noted as Early Release days means that the school will begin at its normally scheduled time, but will let out early. Elementary school early release time is at 11:15 AM. The Middle School early release time is at 12:10 PM and the High School early release time is 12:53 PM. School buses will still transport children according to the same procedure, just earlier in the day. Sometimes this is also referred to as a “half day.”

Inclement weather procedures

When a weather event or emergency compromises the safety of our students and staff, the Manchester School District may decide to close school for the day, delay the opening of school, or dismiss school early. The Superintendent of Schools takes this responsibility very seriously. He or she consults with the district’s city partners and departments, as well as superintendents in surrounding districts and weather forecasts before making a carefully considered judgement. The safety of our students and staff is always the first priority.

Announcements about closings and delays will be made no later than 5:30 am whenever possible. Occasionally, weather conditions change or worsen quickly and require a later decision. It takes about a half hour for all notifications to be made. We encourage you to monitor any or all of the media channels and platforms where Manchester School District updates are available:





WZID radio

WGIR radio

WJYY radio

MSD Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

MSD web site

Nixle and SchoolMessenger


All schools are closed for the day.

All after school events and activities, including athletics, are canceled.


All schools open 2 hours late.

Morning preschool classes are canceled.

YMCA School’s Out on site before school programs opens 2 hours later than usual.

21st Century morning program is canceled.

New Morning on site before school program is canceled.

Boys & Girls Club before school program at Union Street opens at regular time of 6:30 am.

School buses pick up at bus stops 2 hours later than usual.


If severe weather conditions or an emergency indicate that schools should be closed before the end of the regular school day, a decision to have an early dismissal will be made as soon as possible and notifications made.

All after school events and activities, including athletics, are canceled.

YMCA School’s Out on site after school program is open but closes early, at 5:00 pm.

21st Century site coordinators call parents directly to cancel afternoon programs or notify them of early dismissal if time does not allow for cancellation.

New Morning on site after school program is canceled.

Bring It!!! is canceled.

Y-STRIVE and Y-STAY are canceled, as is the bus from schools to the downtown Y Teen Center

Boys & Girls Club on site after school program remains open.

Please note that the MSD central office operates its regular business hours, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, in any of the above scenarios. We do our best with the information we have at the time of deciding a school closure or delay. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to attend school on a particular day, use your judgment to determine what is best for your family.