Emergency Dismissal

LUDLOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 205 FULLER STREET | LUDLOW, MA 01056 | Phone 413-583-8372 | FAX 413-583-5666

It is the policy of the Ludlow Public Schools to close or delay the opening of school in cases of extreme weather or travel conditions. The Superintendent of Schools will make the decision about a school closing or delayed opening (standard two-hour delay) after consultation with the the Ludlow DPW and/or Ludlow Police Department. Every effort will be made to make the decision by 5:45 a.m.

In the event that school is cancelled or delayed the Ludlow Public Schools will provide notice for parents via the following:

  • Automated phone calls- each home will receive a call between 5:45 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. or in some instances, the evening before. Parents need to be sure their child’s school has the correct phone and email contact information to receive these calls.

  • Social Media- the announcement will be posted on the LPS district website, Facebook Page, Twitter Feed and Instagram.

  • Media Outlets- Channel 22, Western Mass News

Delayed Opening

In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days and there will be NO MORNING PRESCHOOL.

Occasionally a delayed opening will later be revised to a no school announcement, if conditions worsen or fail to improve. Notification to parents will be announced by an additional phone message as well as posted on the TV and social media sites.

Emergency Dismissal

In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Ludlow Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents/guardians via phone, email, news outlets and social media.

Parents are encouraged to develop a family emergency plan with their children. This plan should address the following issues:

  • Where should a child go if he/she arrives home and their parent or other responsible person is not home?

  • Is a trusted neighbor usually home?

  • Should the child call the parent if he/she arrives home early?

  • What should the child do if they are "home alone"?

Early Release Times for Schools

Lunches will be served.

11:45p.m.- Ludlow High School

12:15p.m. - Paul R. Baird Middle School

12:45p.m. - Elementary Schools

No preschool

Half-Day Release Times for Schools

Lunches will NOT be served.

10:20a.m. - Ludlow High School

10:50a.m. - Paul R. Baird Middle School

11:20a.m. - Elementary Schools

No preschool

2 Hour Delay Start Times for Schools

Breakfast will NOT be served.

Dismissal time, for schools, does NOT change.

9:25a.m. - Ludlow High School

10:10a.m. - Paul R. Baird Middle School

10:50a.m. - Elementay Schools

No morning preschool