J.G. Whittier Middle School

  • Safety

    Cold Weather Message


    Dear Parents,

    With the current weather conditions, I wanted to take a moment to provide you with information regarding outdoor activities during the cold weather.

    The JG Whittier MS does not have a specific policy regarding weather, but we do take precautions dependent upon the existing weather conditions on any given day.

    As a starting point, all students at the Whittier gather outside prior to the beginning of each school day.

    If it is raining, snowing, icy, or the temperature is below 28 degrees, our practice is to bring all students inside immediately.

    We then monitor the conditions throughout the day. If conditions are acceptable at recess time, students will be allowed to have outdoor recess.

    If conditions remain rainy, snowy, icy or below 28 degrees we have indoor activities during recess time.

    Please understand that our guidelines are flexible, depending on factors such as wind chill, puddling, and other weather related conditions. I make all decisions based essentially on common sense and observation.

    Also, we remind all students on a daily basis to dress appropriately for the anticipated conditions.

    We want our students to be safe at all times, but certainly want to provide them with opportunities to have a fresh air break whenever it is safe to do so.

    Thank you, and have a great day!

    Brian C. Gill, Principal




    As your children walk to and from school, we strongly encourage you to remind them of safety precautions:

    ● Walk in a group

    ● Parents know where children are at all times

    ● Walk the same route to and from school and be sure your family knows the route

    ● Call home and/or police when you experience and/or see something disturbing

    ● Always let school staff know of any concerning incidences

    Our number one concern is for your child to be in a learning environment that is safe and secure and we will maintain our vigilance to ensure that every child feels safe.

    Please feel free to call us directly with any concerns or questions you may have.


    Brian C. Gill, Principal

(978) 374-3400
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