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School Opening Times

The school opening times for the Northbridge Public Schools will be ten minutes before the start of the school day.

Opening times are as follows:

SchoolSchool Opening TimeSchool Day Start Time
Northbridge Elementary School8:20 AM8:30 AM
W.E. Balmer School8:05 AM8:15 AM
Northbridge Middle School7:30 AM7:40 AM
Northbridge High School7:10 AM7:20 AM (first bell)

The school buildings will not be opening until ten minutes before the start of school to ensure the safety of our students, start the school day in a manner that is conducive to learning, and honor contractual obligations.

The buildings do not have staff available to watch over and ensure the safety of the children until ten minutes prior to the school day starting. It is suggested that students enter the school building, grab breakfast if preferred (K-8), and go directly to the classroom to start the morning.

In the past, at the Middle School, for example, students would enter the building fifteen minutes prior to teachers being present in the building, would congregate in large common areas such as the gym or cafeteria, and an opportunity was presented for some students to engage in unacceptable behaviors.

At NHS students would enter the high school and be unsupervised until staff were available.

In order to ensure that all students will be properly supervised and focused on learning, the Leadership Team and Superintendent Gorky decided the opening of school was limited to ten minutes prior to the start of the school day, which is when teachers are present in the building.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s principal. Student safety is our first priority, thank you in advance for your support and understanding.