All HPS schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday February 3, because of dangerously cold temperatures predicted throughout the region, with projected wind chills as low as 30 below zero. All Friday after-school activities have also been canceled, as have all school activities on Saturday.
Superintendent Anthony Soto made the decision to close schools tomorrow in consultation with superintendents from neighboring school districts. The school leaders all agreed that the predicted extreme cold posed significant safety risks to students walking outside or waiting for school buses, with conditions expecting to worsen later in the day.
While schools are closed, district offices will remain open. Everyone is encouraged to review this safety guidance for extreme cold weather.
As a reminder, Providence Ministries is offering a pop-up warming shelter on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 51 Hamilton Street (off Main Street, two blocks south of Racing Mart). Providence Ministries will offer warm beds, dinner and breakfast, snacks, showers, dry clothes, and other assistance on a first-come basis. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with no admission after 9 p.m. Breakfast is served before the warming shelter closes for the day at 8 a.m.
For more information, call Providence Ministries at (413) 536-9109.
Other places to go to stay warm during regular business hours include the Holyoke Public Library at 250 Chestnut Street, the Holyoke Senior Center at 291 Pine Street, the Holyoke Mall at 50 Holyoke Street, and other retail outlets.
If your child needs help staying warm or other resources, please contact your Family Engagement team member who may be able to assist.
The district website also provides links to a variety of community resources you may find helpful.
As a reminder, the district has established guidance for families to follow for cancellations, delays and early releases caused by weather and other circumstances.