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Inclement Weather Decisions

Inclement Weather Decisions
Posted on 01/08/2016
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Winter is here! It's time to review our updated procedures for school closings, delays and dismissals due to snow or inclement weather.

For the full text of the weather letter sent to NPS families from Mr. Frank Costanzo, Chief of School Operations, click here

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A lot of research and thought goes into making weather-related decisions. Expert resources are consulted, including a meteorologist on contract who provides weather alerts and forecasts for our area. 
The Department of Public Works advises on road conditions and the readiness of school parking lots and driveways. Our transportation provider, First Student, updates us on the status of buses and drivers. 

Weather decisions on the school day are typically made by 5:30 a.m.  If a large storm is predicted with little doubt in the forecast, There may be a decision by 8 p.m. the night before -- but that is not always possible. 

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Depending on the weather conditions and forecast, that decision could mean:  

  • Delay: All delays will now be two hours in duration. This consistency will simplify the process.

  • Closure: All schools are closed for the day. After-school activities are cancelled.

  • Early Dismissal: Schools open on time, but will end early. After-school activities are cancelled. 

School closures, delays or early dismissals are communicated in the following places:

The Hour (www.thehour.com)

Cablevision News 12

WNLK Radio (1350 AM)

WFSB (Fox Channel 3)

WVIT (NBC Channel 6)

WTNH (ABC Channel 8)

WNYW (Fox NY Channel 5)

WABC (ABC NY Channel 7)

WEFX (95.9 FM)

WICC (600 AM)

WSTC (1400 AM)

WSHU ( 1260AM/91.1 FM)

WEBE (107.9 FM)

WEZN FM (Star 99.9)

WDAQ (98.3 FM)

To ensure the information you get is accurate, we encourage families to rely on official sources.

On days when weather may impact the school day, check these sources frequently for information.  Although rare, changing conditions may require that a delay is changed to a cancelation, or that an early dismissal is called after the school day begins. We do our absolute best to avoid changes, but there are times when it cannot be avoided.