Delayed openings or the closing of schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies will be broadcast over station WFAS (1230 AM), WLNA (1420 AM), and WHUD (100.7 FM), starting at 6 a.m. or as soon as the decision is made. Listen to WHUD for further information.
Residents may call 271-0130 for a taped message with relevant school closing/delayed opening information for the day in question, or view http://www.cancellations.com/ on the web.
When schools are closed in Croton due to inclement weather, no district students will be transported to private, parochial, or BOCES schools. However, in the event of a delayed opening, all district buses will start their pick-ups accordingly. Transportation will be provided should there be an emergency dismissal for any reason.
Students will not be dismissed without attention to their safety getting home. It is essential that parents or guardians provide the district with the name and telephone number of a person who can receive the student in the event the parent is not home. This information should be updated each year in the Annual Health Information Update sent to parents.
Emergency Delay/School Closing Protocol
1. Superintendent reviews latest forecast from the National Weather Center for Croton-on-Hudson, NY and surrounding communities (4:00 A.M.)
2. Superintendent calls Director of Transportation/Director of Facilities to determine conditions in the District (4:15 A.M.). Directors contact local police and department of public works to determine road conditions.
3. Superintendent participates in a conference call with Putnam/Northern Westchester superintendents to discuss conditions (4:30 A.M.)
4. Superintendent checks in again with Director of Transportation/Director of Facilities. Information is shared, and a decision related to school opening/closing delay is made (in most cases before 5:00 A.M.)*
5. An initial K-12 Alert is formulated: phone calls, emails, and text messages are sent from the Superintendent to parents and staff informing them of school status.
6. Simultaneously, assigned staff contacts radio and television stations regarding school status. The District web site message is updated to reflect school status.
*note: Should weather conditions change (i.e. conditions deteriorate sooner than predicted) the Superintendent may have to change the call “on the road” via cell phone. While this may inconvenience people, such a change is made in the best interests of student and staff safety. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have pre-determined “back up” plans in place to accommodate such changes.