School Closures

Information regarding school closures due to snow

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School Closures (Snow Days) and Delayed Openings

Watertown Public Schools

For the 2020/2021 School Year, state law requires 170 days of instruction and also requires that any school closures (“snow days”) be made up before June 30. At this time, in the event of a school closure due to inclement weather, both in school and remote learning will be canceled for the day. If multiple snow days are utilized in the coming months, the District will consider remote learning during school closures at a later date.

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 Twitter feed (@watertownschool

-Emailed to parents and staff from the Superintendent’s office via the District’s messaging service

-Broadcast to the following stations

  • WCVB Television (Channel 5)
  • WHDH Television (Channel 7)
  • NBC Boston (Channel 10 and NECN)
  • WFXT Television (Channel 25)
  • WBZ Television (Channel 4)
  • WBZ Radio (AM 1030)

Some television stations provide a free text alert service notifying of closures and delays (e.g.,

We will post on the above locations as soon as the decision is made. On most occurrences, the decision to open, delay, or close school is made between 5:30 and 6:00 AM. It is only on rare occasions that conditions are such that a clear decision can be made the night before. In those cases, we endeavor to make the decision to have it broadcast on the 11:00 PM news. Additionally, the District will call households once a decision has been made about the school cancellation or delay.

At this time, the district will not employ delayed openings.

Please DO NOT CALL the School Department, Police Department, or Fire Department for school cancellation information as these lines must remain open for emergency situations.

Childcare programs are canceled on days of school closure.