WILTON \u2014 With remote learning so prevalent, the idea of closing school for a snow day this winter might be seen as a moot point. It\u2019s not, although there will likely be fewer of them than in a typical year. Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith sent a letter to the school community Monday morning outlining the district\u2019s inclement weather policy which it may implement for this Thursday\u2019s predicted snowstorm. Smith reminded the community the state Board of Education is allowing districts to impose remote learning when the weather is bad to avoid closing schools and making up days at the end of the year. Wilton intends to take advantage of this opportunity, he said. \u201cThe benefits of this decision include protecting continuity of learning and promoting predictability in the school calendar,\u201d he said. There may be situations that would force the closure of school, even on remote days, such as widespread power outages that would affect internet service. \u201cSince this is a new opportunity and weather conditions can vary even in a relatively small geographic area, our intention is to experiment with remote learning on an inclement weather day, gather feedback from students, teachers, and families, assess the effectiveness of the day and then adjust as necessary,\u201d Smith said. For weather-related remote days, the district will use its current shortened Wednesday schedule: \u00a0Miller-Driscoll \u2014 9:15 - 1:15. \u00a0Cider Mill \u2014 7:45 - 11:55 (optional Enrichment available in afternoon). \u00a0Middlebrook \u2014 8:20 - 12:30. \u00a0Wilton High School \u2014 8:20-12:30. In making the decision to close school for weather conditions, Smith said safety of travel \u2014 cleared roadways \u2014 and the ability of maintenance staff to clear school driveways and parking lots are priorities. In making the decision to close school, Smith said he begins at 4 a.m. by consulting police on road conditions and then conferences with area superintendents and a meteorologist on what is expected to happen within the following four to 12 hours. Smith announces his decision by 5 a.m. via the SchoolMessenger notification system. It will also be posted on the district website and The Bulletin website. Early dismissal times, if needed, are: \u00a0Wilton High School \u2014 10:30. \u00a0Middlebrook \u2014 10:30. \u00a0Cider Mill \u2014 11:30. \u00a0Miller-Driscoll \u2014 12:30. Delayed openings may be one or two hours: \u00a0Wilton High School \u2014 9:20 or 10:20. \u00a0Middlebrook \u2014 9:20 or 10:20. \u00a0Cider Mill \u2014 8:40 or 9:40. \u00a0Miller-Driscoll \u2014 10:05 or 11:05. According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to start Wednesday night with as much as eight to 12 inches possible. Snow is expected to continue Thursday morning, tapering off to snow showers throughout the day.