As the winter approaches,
the school district would like to remind you about the protocols that
have been established for school closings, delays and early dismissals,
as well as canceling activities. In the event that weather impacts the
school day in any way, we use several information vehicles to
communicate with parents and community members. You can find a full list
of these information sources at the end of this message.
Closing School for the Entire Day
If it appears that students cannot be transported safely to school or home at the end of the day, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools will not open. The district will make every attempt to announce snow days or delays by 5:30 a.m.
Delayed Start of the School Day
When conditions warrant, we may utilize a two-hour delay to the start of the school day. The district will rarely call a one-hour delay. When there is a two-hour delay, the bus will arrive 2 hours later than the usual pickup time. When a two-hour delay is called, the district retains the option to close school for the full day. The district will make every attempt to make this decision by 7:30 a.m., and communicate promptly. If no closure is communicated, parents should assume that school will open on the delayed schedule.
Afterschool and Evening Activities
If students cannot be transported to and from afternoon and/or evening activities safely, they will be canceled. The district will make every attempt to make the decision about afterschool activities by 12:00 p.m. and evening activities by 3:00 p.m.
Early Dismissal During Inclement Weather
The district's philosophy is to avoid early dismissal. We do not want parents rushing home on less than ideal roadways, and we believe that keeping children at school is often the best way to keep them safe during bad weather. However, in the event that this is necessary, notification will be made as early in the day as possible.
Wind Chills and Cold Temperatures
Severe climate conditions where temperatures and wind chill dip into certain extreme ranges can cause concerns for the safety of children. When wind chills approaching -25 degrees are predicted, the district may be placed on a cold weather alert. When persistent wind chills of -25 degrees or below are predicted, we are likely to delay or close school, consistent with guidance from the New York Statewide School Health Services Center.
If there are any changes in school operation hours, the district uses the information vehicles listed below to inform parents and community members. School is open on its usual schedule unless otherwise announced.
Our website, www.rcscsd.org: Weather notices are posted right on the homepage
Local media stations and websites: Channel 6, Capital News 9, Channel 10, Channel 13, Fox 23, WFLY (92.3 FM), WGNA (107.7 FM), WGY (810 AM), WYJB (B95.5), WRVE (99.5 FM)
School News Notifier: Sign up here with the School News Notifier, an opt-in news service for which parents and residents can sign up to receive email and/or text message.
direct automatic phone system: The success of this notification system depends upon the district's system
calling the correct phone numbers in order of priority. Please make sure
your child's school has this information updated regularly each school year,
when you purchase a new cell phone, if you move, if you change daycare
The first phone number on the priority list will be used as the primary emergency contact phone number. Then, if additional numbers are available and are made available to our database, the system will also contact those numbers. If there are parents/guardians living in separate locations, please include the phone numbers for them as the additional contact numbers.
While this system offer numerous advantages, it however, CANNOT dial extension numbers. Therefore, please use a number that will directly reach you.
It is best to rely on more
than one information source when inclement weather hits, particularly in
situations where there may be power outages.