School closings and delays

With winter weather upon us, we would like to remind you how Schalmont makes decisions about school closings delays, or early dismissals, and communicates weather-related announcements.

The superintendent typically makes a decision about closing or delaying the start of school day by 5:30 a.m. The superintendent and transportation supervisor closely monitor weather reports as well as on the road conditions throughout Schalmont’s 75-square-mile district, especially when snow is in the forecast.

When considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start, the district’s top priority is always the safety of students. Any decision to close schools during bad weather takes into account the unique geographic features of the district, including the communities of Mariaville and Rotterdam Junction. Road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of buses and school buildings are all taken into consideration.

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.

Communicating weather-related announcements

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district’s ability to send electronic notifications. Emergency preparedness agencies have advised that residents have access to a battery-powered radio so that they can receive information if other communication channels are unavailable.

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:

  • Closing information is sent directly to parents and guardians via email and/or phone call.
  • School closings are announced on the following local TV and radio stations: Channel 6, Channel 10, Capital News 9, Channel 13, Fox 23, WGY (810 AM), WFLY (92.3 FM), WYJB (95.5 FM), WRVE (99.5 FM), and WGNA (107.7 FM) as well as the Times Union and Daily Gazette.
  • In addition, we post notifications to our district Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • We also post notices on the school district website.