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
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.
Television and Radio Stations
For web-based school closings, visit the Times Union's Closings Page or one of the TV station links below:
The following stations will be notified if school is delayed in opening or closed for the day:
WCTW (The CAT)
100.1 FM & 96.9 FM
1020 AM / 98.1 FM
101.5 FM & 106.1 FM
87.7 FM TV Channel 6
TV Channel 62
92.7 FM & 96.9 FM
97.7 FM& 97.3 FM
94.3 (The Wolf)
1340 AM & 1390 AM
Please listen to one of the above stations and do not call the school or the radio station. It is important that we keep our telephone lines open during busy, decision-making times. If you do not hear Taconic Hills mentioned on one of the above stations, you should assume that school is open for the day.
Important Information regarding the Before and After School Activity Program (Grades K-6)
The Before and After School Activity Program is not open when school is closed.
If the district is on a 1 hour delay, the Before and After Program opens at 8:00 AM.
If the district is on a 2 hour delay, the program opens at 9:00 AM.
When an emergency dismissal occurs or all after school activities are cancelled, so is the program. Students will be sent home on their regularly scheduled bus or to their emergency dismissal location.
Questions can be directed to the Taconic Hills Before and After School Activity Program, or by contacting the Program Coordinator at (518) 325-2811.