September 6, 2023


Dear Students, Staff and Families:

I have visited several of our schools and have found that classrooms are certainly warm and buildings with classrooms on second floors are even warmer in temperature. 

To accommodate for the warm weather, administrators and teachers are making adjustments to the physical education classes, recess schedule and providing alternative teaching areas for students as needed. Water is easily accessible to everyone. However, even with these adjustments, the weather forecast for Thursday calls for even warmer temperatures.

With that in mind, I have made the decision to have an early release day for students on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

The early release schedule is as follows:

Cumberland HS – 10:55am

North Cumberland MS & Joseph L. McCourt MS – 11:35am

B.F. Norton School & Garvin Memorial School – 11:55am

Ashton School, Community School & JJ McLaughlin Cumberland Hill School – 12:40pm

Cumberland Preschool – No AM/PM Session

No after school activities – including Sports on Thursday


Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.


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