When weather conditions
make traveling on our buses unsafe for our students,
schools will be closed for the day. On days when students
are already at school before a storm develops, schools
may close early (usually 1:00 p.m.). The decision
to cancel school or dismiss early is made by the Superintendent
of Schools in consultation with AOS 95 (Fort Kent), the Madawaska
School Department, and road foremen personnel in our communities.
Once the decision has been made to cancel
school for the day or to close before the usual 2:36
dismissal time, families are notified of that decision through the AlertNow Rapid Communication Service that forwards a phone call to all homes. Parents and guardians are informed within minutes of the decision made by the Superindtendent. In addition to the call, the following stations are notified
to broadcast the decision:
WAGM - TV 8 (Channel 4)
WLBZ 2 (Channel 2)
Channel X Radio (WCXU, 97.7 FM; WCXX, 102.3 FM; W276AY,
WBPW Radio (96.9 FM);WQHR Radio (96.1 FM); WOZI Radio (101.9 FM)
For school cancellations, the call is
made before 5:30 a.m. whenever possible. The television
and radio stations are then responsible for putting
the information on the air.
Canceling or delaying school, like in
weather forecasting, is not an exact science. The decision
is made with the safety of our students being our primary
When we decide to dismiss students early
due to stormy weather conditions, morning students
in our pre-kindergarten program will
eat lunch at school and stay at school to be dismissed
with other students at Dr. Levesque Elementary School.
There will be no school on those days for afternoon
students in kindergarten.
Being a bus driver on days of inclement
weather can be very stressful. It demands attentiveness,
knowledge, and outstanding driving skills. MSAD #33
prides itself in having an exceptional record in bringing
kids to and from school safely every day, but especially
on stormy days. Our children are in good hands. Don't
forget to thank your child's bus driver for making
your child's safety his number 1 responsibility.
Dr. Fern Desjardins
Superintendent of Schools