Welcome back to school, Portsmouth!

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Here’s what you need to know about the first day of school in Portsmouth. View bus schedules, times, and more!

The first official day of school in Portsmouth is Wednesday, Aug. 29, for all students. For a copy of the 2018-2019 school year calendar, please click here: Portsmouth School Year Calendar.



It will be a hot first day of school! The National Weather Service forecasts the following weather for Wednesday in Portsmouth:


Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.



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Do you know your bus time? View Portsmouth bus schedules here:

Portsmouth school district announces bus schedules



The school day schedule for students K-12 reflects a 6.5-hour day. The hours of the schools remain the same as prior years and are as follows:

Hathaway and Melville: 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM
Portsmouth Middle School: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Portsmouth High School: 7:25 AM – 1:55 PM



The Portsmouth School Department schedules early release days, which are scheduled on the following days: September 19, October 17, December 12, February 13, April 10, May 15.

The School dismissal times on the Student Early Dismissal Days will be as follows:

AM Pre-K: 8:30 AM to 11:15 AM
PM Pre-K: 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM (no early release for pre-K)
Grades K-4: 2:15 PM
Middle School: 1:30 PM
High School: 12:55 PM



For online access to your child’s school schedules and grades, please sign up to use the Parent Portal.

The Aspen Portal is found on the parent tab of both the PHS website and PMS website. The portal is available for parents of grades 5 through 12 only. High School students will be able to create their own accounts as well.



The Portsmouth School department utilizes the federal guidelines for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. (

Application forms with a letter to parents are available at the Portsmouth School Department office, at your child’s school office, or accessed online here: Free and Reduced Lunch Downloadable Application. Families can apply ONLINE here: Online Free and Reduced Meals application.

The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications from families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) need only to list the children’s names, respective case number, and the signature of an adult household member.

Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for SNAP or FDPIR benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.



The Portsmouth School Department offers an online prepaid food service system. This service provides parents with the opportunity to deposit money into their student’s school meal account at any time. NUTRIKIDS is the District’s Point of Sale (POS) system that provides families with the ability to deposit payments into their child’s account, view and print their children’s account balances. Parents also have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s purchasing history report.

This report lists all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast, lunch, milk and snacks within the past 90 days. In addition, families automatically receive low balance email notifications once they have set up that feature. Simply go to and setup your child’s account.

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