Weather-related closings and delays
When the weather turns on us,
the City School District of Albany offers the following tips to help
keep you and your children safe.
Parents and guardians, do
your best to see that children are properly clothed and not allowed to
remain outdoors in extreme weather conditions, which include
temperatures in the single digits or below and wind chills of minus 25
degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Monitor the weather and attempt to dress
your children appropriately to go outside.
Also, discuss the following
information with your children:
Children who go outside
in extreme weather must tell an adult if they feel cold, if they
feel pain or numbness, if they see a color change in any part of
their body or if their boots and gloves get wet. If this happens at
school, the child should see the nurse to be warmed, given dry
clothing and evaluated for frostbite.
Children should be
instructed not to remain outdoors for longer than five minutes in
extreme temperatures, and should know to come in sooner if they are
cold, feeling pain or numbness in their hands, feet, ears or noses,
or if their clothing, especially boots or gloves, becomes wet.
Parents and guardians should avoid
leaving a child completely unattended outside before pick-up and
should discuss with the child what to do in an emergency or bus
delay if the parent or guardian already has left for work. If required, it is
crucial that your child has a safe and warm alternative while
waiting for the bus.
click here to download our complete procedures for
weather-related closings, delays and other emergencies.
'Snow day' not just
It's not just snow that
makes a "snow day."
Snow and ice cause most weather-related school closings and delays. But since
thousands of students walk to and from school each day in our district,
we also closely monitor severe cold and wind-chill conditions.
the temperature drops into the single digits or below zero, or if the
wind chill dips below minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, the
district may delay school or dismiss early. Wind chills of minus 40
degrees are considered dangerous and a medical reason to close school
and suspend outdoor activity, including interscholastic outdoor sports.
safety of students, staff and families drives any decision to delay,
close early or cancel school because of the weather.
Keep ahead of bad
There are a variety of information sources you can monitor to stay up to
date on our school district's decisions to close school or shorten the
day, or postpone programs and events due to the cold or other factors.
School News Notifier
-- Albany SNN is an email
alert system that also includes a text-messaging option for emergency
news such as weather-related closings or delays. SNN allows you to sign
up for information in as many as 29 categories. To register, click the Albany SNN logo on the top
right-hand corner of our home
page. To receiver emergency text messages, be sure to include your cell phone information and select the
"School closings and delays" option among your SNN choices.
SNN users: Please remember to check the
account settings on your SNN Profile page periodically to make sure that
your email and cell-phone listings are up to date. If you changed your
email address, cell carrier or cell number since creating your SNN
account and have not updated those settings, you may not receive SNN
email or text messages. To update your profile, click on the SNN logo
on the home
page. The SNN Profile page is the first page you come to after
logging in to your account. If
you forgot your SNN password, please use the Forgot Password option at
the bottom of the SNN log-in page.
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Local media --
Announcements about closings, delays and other related news are provided
to multiple local media outlets via the School Closings Network. You can
find that information at
www.timesunion.com and on the following radio and TV stations:
CBS6 Albany (Ch. 6)
TWC (Ch. 9)
WTEN (Ch. 10)
WNYT (Ch. 13)
In instances where the district decides a late start is
in order, school will begin two hours later than the normal start time.
means if your child's bus normally picks up at 8 a.m., your child would
be picked up at 10 a.m. for a two-hour
If you usually drop your child off at school or
your child walks to school, please make sure it corresponds with the
delay. Please do not send your child to school at the
normal start time when school is delayed. The building will not be open,
and there will be no staff available to supervise children. Please also
note that breakfast is not served at school on mornings that begin with
Closing school early
When it is necessary to close school early, the superintendent will
commence with an early release of all schools either one, two or three
hours earlier than their typical dismissal time. It is our goal on early
release days to have a minimum of four hours of instruction.
In addition, when
school closes early all after-school activities and childcare services
are cancelled unless otherwise announced. If your child is transported to an after-school program
and school closes early, you must make arrangements to have your child
picked up at the school building. No alternate transportation
arrangements can be made on short notice.
To learn of
delayed starts or early dismissals and for specific details, please use
the resources listed above.