It’s that time of year again – when snow, sleet and ice can impact the school day. We would like to remind you how the Taconic Hills Central School District makes decisions about school closings, delays, or early dismissals, and communicates weather-related announcements.
School administrators start watching the weather forecast days before a weather-related incident occurs. On the day of a storm Administrators & Staff start evaluating the roads and monitoring the storm. The Transportation Supervisor works with town and village highway departments and leaders to learn about road conditions in the community.
Because of the size and makeup of our district, there are times when we will have to make the difficult decision to close or stay open when weather systems may only affect a small area. Any decision to close schools during bad weather takes into account road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of buses and school buildings. Safely transporting students is always our top priority. We have a number of snow days “built in” to the school calendar. If we use all our snow days, the district has identified days in the calendar to make up instructional time.
The decision to delay or close is usually made between 5 and 6 am, and announced on TV/radio, the district website, Facebook, Twitter, and a text alert to give parents as much time as possible to make plans. There are also times when school will start with a delay and later close.
If you have any questions about road conditions, or have any questions regarding school closures, please let us know.
Communicating weather-related announcements
Once the decision is made to close school or delay the start of the school day that information is disseminated through a variety of means:
- School closings are announced on local TV and radio stations, as well as news websites.
- We post notifications to our school district website, Facebook page.
- Parents/Guardians should receive a text alert. If you have any problems receiving text notifications, contact your school office.
Also, as a reminder, please be sure to send your child to school wearing appropriate clothing for the cool temperatures. Make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather including wearing a winter coat, hat, and gloves when necessary.
More information about School Closings is available on our website.