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Cold Temperatures Expected on Friday, January 17

January 16, 2020


Dear EWSD Families,


The forecast for our area is calling for cold temperatures throughout the day on Friday, January 17. The Essex Westford School District does not have a specific temperature or wind chill level that would call for an automatic closure. Administrators look at warnings issued by local and national weather services as part of the many criteria used in determining if schools should be closed. 


With student safety as our top priority, when the temperature drops below freezing, outdoor activities are limited. Please check with the main office at your school for specific details on how cold weather may impact recess, physical education, and other outdoor activities during the school day. 


It’s important that we work together so that our students are prepared to travel to and from school in cold weather conditions:

  • We encourage you to remind children to dress warmly
  • The EWSD will work to make sure that our buses are warm for your children when they ride
  • Your child’s bus should always arrive within a five-minute window of its scheduled time. You may consider waiting with your child in a car until the bus comes. If traffic or events will impact the bus schedule by more than fifteen minutes, the District will message families who might be impacted.


Thank you,


Beth Cobb 
EWSD Superintendent