School Cancellations

Be Prepared for School Cancellations 

The Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to school due to the conditions of roads and sidewalks. School closing decisions generally are made by 5:30 a.m. They are announced on the school district’s website (, Facebook page (Portland ME Public Schools) and on local radio and television stations, including TV3. If schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities usually are cancelled, too.  However, Portland Recreation may be open for participants of their before- and after-school program.  Please call the Recreation Information Hotline at 756-8130 for updates or check the Portland Recreation page on Facebook. The district may delay the start of school or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or specific issues in one or more buildings. Notifications will occur in the same way as full-day cancellations. Parents also will be notified of unexpected early releases through the district's automated calling system, so that parents can plan for picking up their children or arranging for them to have access to other care arrangements. Every family needs a back-up plan for school cancellations. Please arrange for a neighbor, family member, friend or child-care provider to care for your child. Be sure that your child’s school has a current phone number to reach you in case of emergency.