Weather Policies

As described in the Parent Handbook, Sunnyside will be closed for snow days when the Northampton Public Schools are closed. Listen to WHMP (1400 AM, 99.3 FM) for the school closing announcement beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunnyside will not be mentioned specifically. You may also watch for closings on the television (Channels 22 and 40).

If the schools delay their opening, we will also delay our opening for the same amount of time (i.e. one hour late: 8:45 a.m.).

If there is a heavy storm during the course of the day, we may close early, at the Director’s discretion, and parents will be contacted. If we cannot reach you, we will call your emergency contact person, so please be sure this information is up to date.

Each year parents inquire about the snow policy. The Board of Directors has discussed this policy each year as well. We believe that the superintendent of Northampton Public Schools is much more informed than any one of us could be concerning the safety of transporting children to school. The superintendent uses information from the highway department, the department of public works, and the bus company to come to a decision about the closing of schools. The safety of children, staff and families is always the most important concern.

We suggest that each family make a plan now for snow days. We encourage families to pool care or work together to provide for snow closings or emergencies. Please do not wait until the last minute and arrive at a locked door.


  • Please be sure your child has appropriate outdoor winter clothing (snowpants, boots, hats, and mittens). Each group tries to spend sometime outside every day—unless it is extremely cold or totally miserable outside.
  • All children need to have shoes and/or slippers to wear at Sunnyside. Boots are clumsy and hot and stocking feet are not safe.
  • Label everything!!! It is next to impossible to keep track of the mountains of various clothes.
  • Make sure your child has a full set of extra clothes. Sliding on the ice and snow is great fun but usually results in wet knees, etc. Be sure to replace items when necessary.

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