School Closings and Delayed Openings
Berlin Borough District School Closing Number: 579The Berlin Borough School District uses multiple ways to alert parents to weather-related school closings and delayed openings. The district will use the Global Connect System to alert parents to weather-related school closings and delayed openings. We will direct these calls to the contact information listed from our student information system.
We will not activate the system to call parents after 10:30 pm or before 6:00 am. If a decision to close or to open with a delay is made in between those times, it will be posted on the district website - www.bcsberlin.org.
School closings, delayed openings, or changes in our regular schedule will be also sent via e-news, and posted on ETV* and announced on radio and television via KYW, CBS 3, CW Philly 57, Channel 6 (ABC,) Channel 10 (NBC,) and News12 New Jersey.
By using a variety of tools, we can be reasonably certain that every family will have access to school closing/delayed opening information. (ETV is Eastern Regional High Schools published TV station. It broadcasts, in the South Jersey area, for Comcast users on channel 19 and for Verizon users on channel 38.)How do we make school closing decisions?
When severe weather affects school opening, the decision to open or close schools has a big impact on families. The following explains how school closing decisions are made and the methods we use to communicate in those situations.
The decision to open or close schools in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, including:
- Road conditions in our area.
- Amount of accumulated snow and ice and whether precipitation is expected to continue.
- Road conditions in our area.Building conditions; e.g., do we have electricity and heat?
- Parking lot and sidewalk conditions.
- Temperature and wind chill.
- School closing decisions by other districts in the area.
- Information gathered from the Berlin Borough Emergency Management, county, and weather services.
Who makes the decision?
Dr. Kristen Martello, Superintendent of Schools, makes the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from our administrative staff.
When is the decision made?
The decision is made by 5:30 am or earlier so we can alert our staff and parents, post the information on our website and ETV, and advise radio and TV stations.