School Closing Information


The Plainfield Public Schools recently updated its inclement weather/school closing procedures for district staff and students. The District is considered a “walking district”; therefore, the condition of the city’s roads and sidewalks play a critical role in determining the opening of schools. In the event of inclement weather (heavy snow and/or icy conditions), the Superintendent of Schools (or designee) will contact the television and/or radio stations and request they announce school closing information. In addition, the use of the School Messenger will be implemented for all students and staff. Parents will be notified whenever the weather could affect the start of classes by 6:00 a.m.
  • School officials make a judgment call, based on weather forecasts, as to the strength of a prospective storm, wind factors affecting visibility, and the amount of snowfall for the safety of all district stakeholders.  
  • If a decision is made to close schools, contact will be made to:
Plainfield Public Schools - Channel 97 on Comcast or Channel 30 on FIOS
WNBC - Channel 4 - WNBC Web Site
WABC - Channel 7 - WABC Web Site
NJ NEWS – Channel 12 - News 12 Web Site
WKXW (101.5 FM) - 101.5 Web Site
Information will also be made available on the Plainfield Public School District Hot Line
  • If parents feel the weather conditions present an unnecessary risk for their child, they are encouraged to use their discretion in making the decision to send their child to school.
  • The decision to delay or close schools will be made prior to 6:00 a.m. based on the most updated weather information.
  • In the event of a delayed opening, students are to report at 10:00 a.m.  Staff reports at 9:30 a.m.  This may vary so, please check the school websites for more detailed information.
  • If inclement weather develops during the morning when school is in session, a decision regarding an early dismissal for students will be made by 10:00 a.m.  Parents will be advised through the School Messenger system by 10:30 a.m., and an update will be provided on the district’s website.
  • The purpose of an early dismissal, when implemented, is to provide adequate time for students to arrive home in a timely manner and to avoid potential accidents due to deteriorating weather conditions.  Except in cases of emergency, lunch will be provided to students prior to their early dismissal.

Below is the code system that will alert parents and staff on the decisions made:

  • CODE RED: All schools closed for students, 10-month and 12-month employees.  Only essential staff report. 
  • CODE ORANGE: Delayed Opening- 2-hour delay for all students, all 10-month and 12-month employees report at 9:30. Essential staff regular reporting time.  
  • CODE YELLOW:  Half-day session-dismissal for students. Elementary Schools at 12:35 p.m., Middle Schools and PAAAS at 1:05 p.m., PHS at 12:55 p.m. Staff will be released accordingly.  Essential staff remain. 
  • CODE GREEN: District is closed to students and 10-month employees. Essential staff are to report.  Twelve-month staff may be required to report (absence may be reported with no penalty).