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Emergency Communications: School Delays and Closures
Family Notification
The district will take the following steps to notify families in the event of a change to the school schedule:

Honeywell Instant Alert Messages are delivered by way of a family’s main phone number on file with the school district. The Honeywell system also allows for additional devices (cell phone, work phone) to be added by a family to their account. In order to receive the messages on these other devices, please review the instructions below for adding devices and checking the accuracy of information already on file. It is highly recommended that families review their account before the winter season arrives.
Web posting
A banner will appear across the district’s website with information regarding the situation. In the event of a delayed opening or early dismissal, be sure to consult the website; additional details will be posted there that are beyond the message scope of Honeywell. In the event of a wide-spread emergency encompassing a large service area for Honeywell, it is possible that voice and data messages could be delayed in the company’s queue. Routinely checking the website is a good practice during known emergencies.
Local media sources
The district will provide information to FIOS 1, News Channel 12 New Jersey, and Channel 2 News.
Social media  Depending on the nature of the schedule change, the district may also post to Facebook and via Twitter.

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures:
Delayed Opening
For a delayed opening, all schools will open at 10 a.m. Check the district website to confirm student schedules. Typically, they are:
Classes begin at 10 a.m. and follow an abbreviated schedule for Periods 1-6 in numeric order, blocks specific to pre-determined day in the rotation.
Classes begin at 10 a.m. and follow an abbreviated schedule for Periods 1-9.
Elementary schools
All classes begin at 10 a.m. The Preschool Disabled Class at Coleman runs from 10-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 1-3 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Community School
The Before Care Program is cancelled. The morning Tots Preschool classes are cancelled. Afternoon Tots classes run on normal schedule. After Care runs on normal schedule.
Early Dismissal
For an unscheduled early dismissal (not a scheduled half day,) schools will open at normal times, but all after school and evening meetings, athletics and co-curricular activities are cancelled. Note: depending on the circumstances, the times mentioned below could change.
GRHS and GRMS will dismiss at 12:26 p.m.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:33 p.m. The afternoon Preschool Disabled Class at Coleman is cancelled.
Community School
Afternoon Tots Preschool classes are cancelled. The After Care program is cancelled and parents are asked to pick up their children at 12:33 p.m. from the school.
District Closure
All classes for all schools are cancelled for the day. All before school, after school and evening activities and programs are cancelled.
Delayed Opening that becomes a Closure
  In the event that worsening conditions warrant closing schools after a delay has already been announced, an updated Honeywell will be sent and an updated banner will be posted on the website. See District Closure, above.
District Emergency Communications System
Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, the district has implemented a notification system called 
Honeywell Instant Alert® for Schools. Within minutes of an emergency or school closing, school officials can use Instant Alert to deliver a single, clear message to the students' parents or guardians on multiple devices - telephone, cell phone, e-mail, pager or PDA in any combination. Instant Alert is Internet based, allowing each family to maintain their own personal, password protected online account.

Please note: the system is already set up to contact you on your home phone number. If a call were to go out today, you would be contacted on your home number. You only need to create a Honeywell account if you want to receive messages on additional phone numbers or devices. 

You have the ability to log into your account at any time to update your contact information. Registration instructions are provided on the Honeywell site.

Your online account will enable you to:
  • Make updates to your personal contact information
  • Select the type of device you would like to receive alerts on (mobile phone, text or email)
  • Add contact information of other caretakers of your children, such as grandparent or neighbor
The system is ready for you to use at  We encourage all of you to take advantage of this opportunity, as this will be the primary mode for our emergency school-to-home communication. 
If you need assistance with your profile, please go to and click on the Help Request link on the lower right hand side of the page.  Be sure to set your e-mail spam filter to receive e-mail from  If you do not have access to a computer, the district will arrange to have a computer available for your use.  We hope you enjoy this service!
Emergency Preparedness
Families are encouraged to visit: for important information regarding emergency preparedness.

"See Something - Say Something"
Homeland Security's "See Something – Say Something"  campaign is a way for the everyday citizen to assist authorities to maintain safety. "If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. To view a public service announcement, click here.
To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:
  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious. 
If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.

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