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“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

School Closing Information

We know that our families are depending on us to care for their children so that our parents can go to work. Many of us are also working parents and know the stress caused when school cancels. It is because of this knowledge that we have a policy of making independent decisions about closing. To be clear, we do not follow the Amherst Regional Public Schools.

Here are factors that go into our decision-making process for closures, delays, and early releases:

  1. Safety of our staff and families: We have multiple staff and families traveling from a far distance. We must be mindful of the safety and wellbeing of our community.

  2. Staffing and substitutes: We have multiple teachers with children in the public school system. When their child's school closes, they cannot report to work, which forces us to try to find substitutes. Substitutes are difficult to find even when the weather is great. Our administrative team jumps in to cover classrooms whenever possible if we cannot find substitutes. That being said, if there are more teachers out than administrative staff available to cover classrooms and we can't find substitutes, it forces our classrooms out of state-mandated ratios. We cannot stay open under those circumstances.

  3. National Weather Service information: We also consider official statements from the National Weather Service regarding weather conditions and snowfall amounts and timing, especially when they issue winter storm warnings.

Emergency closing information will be available by 6:45 a.m. from the following sources:

  1. Via ParentSquare Urgent Alert. It is vitally important that you follow the steps to complete your ParentSquare account preferences to ensure receipt of a text/phone call in the event of a closure or emergency.
  2. Posting on Amherst Montessori School website: amherstmontessori.org
  3. Posting on 22News, wwlp.com

In the case of early dismissal, we will not follow the Amherst Public Schools. AMS will contact parents directly via ParentSquare Urgent Alert to notify them of an early dismissal.