School administrators start watching the weather forecast at least a day before a storm and late the night before to get the latest updates. By 4 a.m., the Transportation Supervisor is calling town highway departments to learn about road conditions in the communities we serve.
Any decision to close schools during bad weather takes into account the unique geographic features of the district, including the communities of Brunswick, Pittstown, Grafton, Poestenkill and Schaghticoke. Road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of buses and school buildings are all taken into consideration.
The decision is usually made by 5 a.m. and announced on TV/radio, the district website, Facebook, Twitter and eNews to give parents as much time as possible to make plans
One misconception that some people believe is that the district stays open on snowy days so that we will not lose state aid. This is never the case. 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 already identified days in the calendar to make up the missed instructional time.
Families are encouraged to continue monitoring all opening delays, as they could turn into school closings depending on the weather. Please also keep in mind that school closings and delays don’t just happen during snow storms. Extreme wind chills, boiler failures and water main breaks all have the potential to affect schools during the winter months.
If you feel uncomfortable with road conditions, or have any questions regarding your road, please keep the lines of communication open and contact the Transportation Department at 279-4600 ext. 2821 or ext. 2822.
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 the following local TV and radio stations, as well as the Times Union
- In addition, we post notifications to our district Facebook and Twitter pages.
- We also post notices on the school district website, right on the homepage
- Sign up for Closing/Delay email alerts from WNYT