Contact and General Information

Watchung School
14 Garden Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

Principal:  Patrick Krenn
Magnet Theme: Science & Technology
School Hours: 8:40 am – 3:05 pm
Delayed Opening: 10:40 am – 3:05 pm
Early Dismissal: 1:40 pm

Main Office Phone: 973-509-4259
Office Fax: 973-509-1344

Office Staff – Judith Thompson
Office Staff – Audrey Pelham
School Nurse - Marjorie McShane
SAC – Debra Polizzano

Watchung Extended Day Program
Before School: 7:30 – 8:40 am
After School: 3:05 – 6:30 pm
(Operates only on days when the public schools are in session. There is a program fee for extended care.)

Inclement Weather

School Closings and Delayed Openings

In the event of inclement weather, the Superintendent may elect to call for a 2-­‐hour delayed opening or close the schools for a full day.

Check the district website for notification of school closings and/or delayed openings. Information may be posted the night before or in the morning. Television and radio stations, the Montclair PTA website, the township website, and other venues may also carry the information. Parents may also call the schools or the district main office at 973-­‐509-­‐4000.

Additionally, a siren will sound at 6:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 a.m. on snow days.

Delayed Openings

In the event of a delayed opening, schools will admit students two hours after the normal opening time. Students should report to their regular bus stop two hours after the normal time; riders should be prepared for delays due to poor road conditions and increased traffic.

Once schools are in session, students will complete the school day as usual. Lunch will be served on delayed opening days.

On delayed opening days, dismissal buses will depart at the usual time regardless of weather conditions (schools will not dismiss students early); parents may pick up their children if they choose after first notifying the main office.

In the event of a delayed opening on a previously scheduled abbreviated day, dismissal time will be at the end of the regular school day.

Snow Days

When the Superintendent calls for a snow day on days when the weather looks relatively clear in the morning, it may be because the weather report indicates that conditions will worsen considerably throughout the day.snow-days

School bus traffic on days of heavy snow creates mobility problems for the township, making transportation difficult for everybody. Most important, heavy snowfall can create hazardous transport conditions for our children. Although snow days may cause inconvenience for working parents, the decision to close the schools is based on students’ safety.

Students will not be dismissed early if weather conditions worsen as the day progresses. Staff members will remain on site at all schools until every child has departed on the bus or has been picked up by a parent or caregiver.

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