page top

red arrow bulletNews

Update on 2016-17 school closings

Feb. 12, 2017

The decision to delay or close school is never made lightly, and is always made with the safety of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority. Such was the case on Friday, Feb. 10. The fact that all buildings had been unoccupied for two snow days during the week, combined with the snow accumulation and a sudden shift in the wind on Friday morning created a perfect storm, causing issues with boilers at buildings throughout the district. Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to close schools on Friday. The district’s buildings and grounds team has been working diligently over the weekend to ensure all of our buildings are ready to welcome our students back. Although the weather is currently icy, the snow is expected to cease at 2 a.m. Monday morning, and the district is optimistic that all schools will operate on a normal schedule on Monday. Should the district need to cancel or delay school on Monday morning, the decision will be made by 5 a.m.

With the closure on Friday, the district has now used all of its allocated snow days. Because of the district’s foresight in making February 20 a “student day,” there will be no additional adjustments to the school calendar, as of press time. The temperature is anticipated to increase this week, and the district is hopeful that there will be no further impact to the school calendar. If further cancellations are needed, the district will have to consider taking back Monday, April 17. If there are additional cancellations, the district will explore other options to fulfil its requirements under New York State Department of Education regulations.