Cumberland School Department

Administered by the officers of the Cumberland School Committee

02/12/2024

February 12, 2024

Good afternoon,

Due to the forecasted storm, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

All after-school activities will also be canceled.

Thank you and stay safe.

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

01/17/2024

January 16, 2024

There will be a TWO-HOUR DELAY tomorrow, January 17, 2024.

In addition to this delay, the MORNING SESSION of PRESCHOOL has been canceled.

Please stay safe during these weather conditions.

Sincerely,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

01/16/2024

January 16, 2024

All after school activities are canceled today Tuesday, January 16, including clubs and sports.

Thank you

01/10/2024

January 10, 2024

There will be a TWO-HOUR DELAY today, January 10, 2024.

In addition to this delay, the MORNING SESSION of PRESCHOOL has been canceled.

01/09/2024

January 9, 2024

Good evening,

I wanted to provide an update regarding the weather forecast for Tuesday/Wednesday and its potential impact on school operations.

First, our bus company will be staging all buses across from the High School at the Sher-Le-Mon parking area until the threat of flooding subsides.

Secondly, the current forecast indicates the possibility of high winds and anticipated power outages in our area. Given the current information and timing of the storm, we will need to postpone any decisions on modifying or canceling Wednesday until the early morning hours.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Stay tuned for further updates, and please stay safe during these weather conditions.

Sincerely,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

01/08/2024

January 7, 2024

There will be a TWO-HOUR DELAY tomorrow, January 8, 2024.

In addition to this delay, the MORNING SESSION of PRESCHOOL has been canceled.

12/20/2023

December 20, 2023

Good afternoon,

Schools will be open tomorrow Thursday, December 21, 2023.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

12/20/2023

December 20, 2023

All schools are closed today.

The area surrounding the bus yard is flooded and the buses cannot be accessed.

Thank you

12/19/2023

December 19, 2023

Good afternoon,

I wanted to provide everyone with an important update regarding the current flooding situation at the school bus yard.

We have been closely monitoring the situation throughout the day, unfortunately, the water in the area of the bus yard is still upwards of three feet deep with a large amount of floating debris. The bus fleet however is dry.

We understand the importance of timely information for planning purposes however we will not be able to make a decision this evening on school opening tomorrow. The area will be assessed in the morning and a decision to open schools will be made at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,
Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

12/19/2023

December 19, 2023

All schools are closed today.

The Blackstone River has flooded the bus yard and the buses cannot be accessed.

Thank you

10/12/2023

October 12, 2023

Community School Will Be Open Today

Good morning,

We are communicating this morning as a follow-up to last night's message from Principal Vaughn regarding the opening of school today.

As an added precaution Fire Chief Anderson and a Hazmat Team came in to perform an air quantity check this morning and the building is safe to open.

The school will be open as usual today.

10/10/2023

October 10, 2023

Good evening,

Community Elementary School will remain closed on Wednesday, October 11th. This closure is a result of an issue arising from our construction company's application of a paint product on the courtyard pavement area at Community School. It has been verified by the paint manufacturer that this product has NO VOCs and is commonly used in a variety of applications like traffic lanes.

We are actively taking measures to address the paint odor and aim to reopen the school on Thursday, October 12th. As these mitigation efforts progress, we will keep you informed with updates regarding the school's reopening status.

Sincerely,
Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

10/10/2023

October 10, 2023

Community School is closed today, October 10, 2023, due to a strong odor in the building.
Morning bus routes to Community School have been canceled.

09/06/2023

September 6, 2023

Dear Students, Staff and Families:

I have visited several of our schools and have found that classrooms are certainly warm and buildings with classrooms on second floors are even warmer in temperature.

To accommodate for the warm weather, administrators and teachers are making adjustments to the physical education classes, recess schedule and providing alternative teaching areas for students as needed. Water is easily accessible to everyone. However, even with these adjustments, the weather forecast for Thursday calls for even warmer temperatures.

With that in mind, I have made the decision to have an early release day for students on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

The early release schedule is as follows:

Cumberland HS – 10:55am

North Cumberland MS & Joseph L. McCourt MS – 11:35am

B.F. Norton School & Garvin Memorial School – 11:55am

Ashton School, Community School & JJ McLaughlin Cumberland Hill School – 12:40pm

Cumberland Preschool – No AM/PM Session

No after school activities – including Sports on Thursday

Sincerely,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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03/14/2023

March 14, 2023

All after school and evening activities have been canceled for today, Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

02/27/2023

February 27, 2023

All schools will be closed tomorrow 2/28/23 due to the impending weather conditions.

All after-school activities will also be canceled.

Thank you and stay safe.

01/25/2023

January 25, 2023

Good Afternoon,
All afternoon and evening school activities including practices have been canceled for today, January 25, 2023.

01/23/2023

January 23, 2023

Good Afternoon,

All afternoon and evening school activities including practices have been canceled for today, January 23,2023.

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12/22/2022

Due to the forecasted storm including high winds and likely power outages, school and all activities are canceled for Friday, December 23, 2022.

We wish you all a happy, safe and healthy holiday season and winter break.

Thank you,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Debido a la tormenta pronosticada que incluye fuertes vientos y posibles cortes de energía, la escuela y todas las actividades se cancelan para el viernes 23 de diciembre de 2022.

Les deseamos a todos una feliz, segura y saludable temporada festiva y vacaciones de invierno.

Gracias,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
superintendente de escuelas

09/05/2022

As we start the 2022-2023 school year, here are some helpful links:

District web site - https://cumberlandschools.org/

School bus routes: https://sites.google.com/a/cumberlandschools.org/bus-routes/

School calendar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZEDxSYI_4TJvpXq7rE8U_8Wpgjbmz01/view

School start/end times (bell times): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jAXKWcvOi0kYSgHwBLf1zcCMRr8j0_Up/view

Food services - free/reduced lunch information : https://cumberlandschools.org/food-services/

Alphabest before/after school program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dd4xOECSKafPyN4xZqu11RDBQ9UKAVj3/view

02/14/2022

February 14, 2022

All schools will be closed today, and there will be no distance learning.

Thank you,

Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

02/04/2022

February 3, 2022

Tomorrow February 4, 2022, will be a Distance Learning Day. All after school activities are canceled.

09/30/2021

September 30, 2021

Bus Delays Due to Road Closure

Please be advised that there may be busing delays due to the closure of Pound Road.
Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

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