Information on School Delays and Cancellations

November 15, 2018

Dear RSU 21 School Community:

It looks like it could be a snowy winter. With snow comes the possibility of school cancellations and delays.  Below is information to assist you as we enter the winter months.

1.  Cancellations and delays are based on general road conditions in the Kennebunks and Arundel and the ability to safely run buses, clear school access roads, and plow sidewalks.  Cancellations and delays may also be based on forecasted conditions.

2.  Whenever possible, school will be delayed by two (2) hours if it is safe to do so, as opposed to completely canceling the day.  Below is the start time schedule if there is a two hour delay:

KHS:  9:45 am
MSK:  9:30 am
K-5:  10:15 am (drop off begins at 9:55)

3.  For two-hour delays, buses will arrive at bus stops two hours later than normal.  For example, if a student normally is at the bus stop at 7:45 am, then they should be at their bus stop by 9:45 am on these days.

4.  Communication regarding cancellations and delays will be relayed via:

  • Twitter @HawesRsu21

  • Facebook Regional School Unit 21

  • Email through our School Messenger phone call communication system

  • District website:

  • TV Stations:  WCSH 6, WMTW 8, WGME 13

5.  If school is canceled for the day, all after-school programs, activities, and athletic events are automatically canceled unless the district specifically communicates otherwise.

6.  There may be times when school is in session, but the weather worsens throughout the day, causing the district to cancel all after-school programs, activities, and athletic events. Communication on these occasions will be via announcements in schools, website, and the district School Messenger phone call communication system.

7. Please know that these decisions are made in the best interest of all 2,700 students and 400 staff members. Weather conditions vary across our three towns. If we are in session but you do not feel comfortable sending your child to school, please notify the main office and your child will be excused and able to make up any missed work.


Kathryn Hawes, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools