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Emergency Notification Procedures

1/26/15


The decision to close school or delay its opening is made if the District believes that weather conditions pose a significant danger to students and staff.


  • Parents/guardians will be notified between 6 and 6:30 a.m. via Blackboard Connect 5 (ALL phone numbers on file with the District, including cell, work, and home numbers, and email.)  The Superintendent may, at his discretion, make the decision about closings or delays the evening before; if so, calls and emails will be sent out to all phone numbers by 9:30 p.m. Please make sure that the domains @scarsdaleschools.org and @scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us are listed in your Spam filter as "allowed sender domains."


  •  If the decision is made to delay the opening of school, the delay will ALWAYS be for two hours unless otherwise stated.


  • If the opening of school was delayed and conditions worsen so that it is no longer safe for students to come to school, the decision to cancel school altogether will be made by 7:30 a.m. All phone numbers will be called and emails sent as soon as the decision is made.  


  • For early dismissals, and for unforeseen emergencies (such as power outages), parents will receive a phone call to all phone numbers and emails will be sent. If it is necessary to dismiss students early, the decision will be made at the latest by 10 a.m.  and calls will be sent as soon as the decision is made. Parents who are unable to get their children at the early dismissal time must make other arrangements for their children to be picked up.


  • In the event of a delayed start or an early dismissal, transportation will be provided to eligible students.  If the opening of school is delayed, students will be picked up at their bus stops TWO hours after their normal pick-up times.  Early dismissal for the Middle School will take place at 11:20 a.m., and at noon for elementary and High School students.


FOR ALL CLOSINGS/DELAYS:

  • The District’s main switchboard number (914-721-2400) will have a recorded announcement and information will be posted on the District website, cable TV station (Cablevision Channel 77, FIOS Channel 27), and District Facebook page: (www.Facebook.com/scarsdaleschools).

  • Local media will be notified, including News12, WABC-TV, WCBS-AM, WFAS-AM, WHUD-FM, and online news websites such as the Journal News/LoHud, Scarsdale 10583, Scarsdale HamletHub, Scarsdale Patch and Scarsdale Daily Voice.


Staff will be notified by phone and email. Staff calls will be sent out at about 5:30 a.m. (or the evening before if that is when the decision is made). All phone numbers on file for staff will be called, and emails will be sent to the District email address.
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