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Snow and Inclement Weather Policy

Typically, inclement weather will result in one of four approaches to the school day at Gilman:

  • School starts on time,
  • School starts at 10:00 a.m. (2-hour delay), or
  • School is closed for the day.
  • If a storm arrives during the day, Gilman may have to close early in order to allow people to get home before road conditions get too bad.

For delayed openings and closures, the Head of School aims to make a decision by 5:30 a.m., if not before. (Sometimes, a delayed opening turns into a closure if conditions do not improve over the course of the early morning.) If a storm is big enough to cause a multi-day closure, Gilman may move to some form of remote learning to keep the students engaged over a longer haul, but that shift will typically not happen right away.

There are times when conditions are generally good enough to open school but when certain neighborhoods or areas are still dicey. The safety of you and your son(s) is the most important thing; if school is open and it is still not safe to drive — or for your son to drive — please keep him at home until it is safe to come to school. Teachers know to be flexible.

Informing the Community About Weather-Related Delays or Closures

If there is a delayed opening or full cancellation, or if there is an early dismissal, Gilman will send notifications to families via email and text (based on the contact information we have in our database).

Information about weather-related delays and closures will also appear in pop-up notifications on this website and Gilman's official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

If school is opening on time, Gilman does not communicate anything.