Closings and Delays

Information regarding closings and delays due to inclement weather

As the winter approaches, we 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.

Communication

School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other situations will be provided to the media, posted on Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk website and social media sites and announced through the Global Connect automatic phone system. School is open on its usual schedule unless otherwise announced.

  • Our website: 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 (SNN): Sign up for SNN, an opt-in news service for which parents and residents can sign up to receive email and/or text message.
  • Global Connect 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 providers, etc.

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.

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. If the district is closed, all after school activities will be canceled unless otherwise notified.

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.