Where do we communicate closings, delays and cancellations?
- School website: www.taconichills.k12.ny.us (announcement will pop up on the website upon launch)
- Blackboard Connect - Email, RoboCall and Text Message
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaconicHillsCSD/
- TV and Radio Stations (listed below)
District Protocols for Winter Weather Closings
The Superintendent and our Transportation Supervisor consult weather forecasts, work in conjunction with local highway departments and transportation supervisors from other districts. Members of our transportation department check roads throughout the school district as conditions differ greatly from one area of the district to another. The final decision is made by the superintendent.
Our primary consideration is the safety and well-being of our students, taking into consideration:
- Timing of the storm
- Actual and forecasted temperatures
- The progress of the crews working to clear the roads
- Time needed to clear school roads and parking lots
The decision to delay is made when there is reason to believe that road conditions will improve over the 1-, 2- or 3-hour delay time. If a determination to delay is made and conditions do not improve substantially, the decision to close will be made and parents and other notifications will be made.
In the event of inclement weather that begins while school is in session, forecasts and radar are closely monitored to determine if conditions will worsen or improve by regular student dismissal time. We try to avoid early dismissals because of the significant inconvenience to parents. However, ensuring our students get home safely is of utmost importance and will be the determining factor in a decision to dismiss early. If school closes early, parents and the community will be notified in the same manner as a School Closing.
Afterschool and Evening Activities
When school is closed or if weather conditions force us to close schools early, all afterschool and evening activities are cancelled. If school dismisses at the regular time, and conditions warrant cancellation of afterschool and/or evening activities, a decision will be made by 2:00 p.m.