School Cancellations

The Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to school due to weather conditions and/or the conditions of roads and sidewalks.

School closing decisions are generally made by 5:30 a.m. They are announced on the school districts' website (, Facebook page and on local radio and television stations, including TV3.

If schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities are usually cancelled too.  However, Portland Recreation may be open for participants of their Before & After the Bell 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 will also be notified of unexpected early releases through the District's automated calling system, so that parents can plan for picking their children up or making alternate 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.