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In the event of inclement weather, a decision to close or delay the opening of school is made by 5:30 a.m. The decision is made by the Superintendent after information is obtained from weather forecasts, local police departments, neighboring school districts, and District staff who check school parking lots, sidewalks, and area roads. All decisions are made with the safety of students in mind.

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In the event of a weather-related delay, early dismissal, or closing:

  • Check the District website.

A notice will appear on all pages of the website, and an alert news will be posted in District news and the announcements for each school.

  • Check District social media.

A notice will appear on the Colonial School District Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. 

  • Check local TV or radio listings.

We contact all Philadelphia area TV and radio stations with information about emergency closures, delays, or early dismissals.

  • Receive a call, text, and email via the District's parent/guardian notification system (Mass Notifications).

All parents/guardians who have provided a phone number and/or email address will be informed via voice message, email, and text with details. If an emergency closure or notification occurs and you don't get a call/text/email, it's best to contact your child's building to make sure your phone number and email address are correct in the student information system. 

Parents/guardians: Consider making emergency arrangements with your children in the event that conditions do not allow you to arrive home in time to meet your child. Make certain that your child understands what to do if they come home to an empty house (go to a specific neighbor's house, get hidden key, etc.).

  • Receive a push notification via the Colonial School District app.

Anyone may download the Colonial School District app and elect to receive a push notification when there are delays, dismissals, or cancellations. Sign up for our "School Closure Notification" list by clicking here. Then, within the app, adjust your notification settings and enable push notifications from this list.