Weather-related school closing and delay reminders

With winter weather coming soon, it’s a good time for parents and students to be reminded how Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk communicates weather-related announcements, including closings and delays.

While snow is the reason for most school closings and delays, it’s not the only possible culprit. Events such as extreme wind chill, water main breaks or power outages have all affected schools in upstate New York during recent winters.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Bailey will typically make decisions about closing or  delaying the start of the RCS school day by 5 a.m. The district will make every attempt to announce snow days or delays by 5:30 a.m. When school operates on its regular schedule, buses are on the road to pick up middle and high school students by 5:45 a.m.

Safety of our students and staff always takes top priority when considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start. Dr. Bailey consults with our transportation and buildings and grounds staff, as well as local municipalities, and looks at road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of our buses and school buildings when making these decisions. If the district is closed, all after school activities will be canceled and buildings will be closed unless otherwise reported.

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:

  • The district website, www.rcscsd.org;
  • To parents and faculty/staff via email and SMS text message through Global Connect;
  • To parents and community members signed up for School News Notifier;
  • The district Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RCSschools; and
  • The Capital Region School Closing Network, which informs local TV and radio stations; RCS does not control when or if TV and radio stations publicize school closings and delays. All school districts in our area use the Capital Region School Closing Network.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to update their email and cell phone (SMS text message) information with their child’s school each year. The success of the Global Connect direct automatic phone system depends upon the district’s system calling the correct phone numbers in order of priority. The first phone number on the priority list will be used as the primary emergency contact phone number. Then, if additional numbers are made available to our database, the system will also contact those numbers.

Parents and community member may also sign up for our School News Notifier announcements. Sign up at https://snn.neric.org/rcs to receive email or text messages from this opt-in news service.