Delays and Cancellations

The Northampton School Department employs School Messenger, an alert notification system, to inform parents and staff of school delays/cancellations. Calls will be made early in the morning to accommodate the high school bus routes and start time.  The School Messenger service allows us to reach the community within minutes for time-sensitive events or information.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The information you provide on your Emergency Contact Form at the start of the school year provides the phone numbers used by the system to contact you. Please call the main office at your school to update your phone number and/or address.

Delay Times:

1 hr delay: Buses pick up children one (1) hour after the regularly scheduled time.
2 hr delay: Buses pick up children two (2) hours after the regularly scheduled time.

School Hours:                    Full Day                      Half Day

NHS                           7:30 am - 2:00 pm      7:30 am - 11:20 am

JFK                            7:55 am - 2:30 pm      7:55 am - 11:50 am

Elementary                 8:50 am - 3:00 pm      8:50 am - 12:20 pm

Media outlets that will announce school cancellation, delays or early dismissals:



  • WWLP Channel 22 or WGGB Channel 40
  • 93.1FM, 94.7FM, 98.3FM, 100.9FM, 1400AM