EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
In accordance with regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the district has developed an Emergency Management Plan to safeguard the safety and health of students and staff, as well as district property, in the event of a true emergency.
Each year, the school will stage a “test” or drill of the Emergency Plan, including practice in sheltering students and staff, or an early dismissal at a time not more than 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time. Parents/guardians will be informed of any such “test” at least one week prior to the drill.
The Superintendent of Schools may close the schools or dismiss students/staff early when hazardous weather or other emergencies threaten health or safety.
General Information: On those days when weather or some other condition requires a change in the regular school day, such information will be broadcast over:
- WFAS White Plains
- AM 1230
- WFAS White Plains FM 103.9
- WHUD Peekskill FM 100.7
- WOR New York AM 770
- WGCH Greenwich AM 1490
- WQXR New York FM 96.7
- TV Channels 77, 12 and 5
- District Website www.blindbrook.org
- Electronic Phone/e-mail messaging service
When weather conditions force a change, the Superintendent of Schools will make the final decision.
School Closing: Announcements will be made over the radio and cable TV as soon as the decision has been made. Shortly thereafter a message will be posted on the District’s website.
Delayed Opening: Announcements will follow as soon as a decision has been made and will include the length of the delay. The delay will pertain to all bus runs scheduled throughout the school district, for both public and private school students. For instance, a two-hour delay will mean that all buses will run two hours late.
When inclement weather forces a change in the normal schedule, decisions concerning the operation of schools may go through two stages; two-hour delay and closing. It is essential to listen to the radio, watch Channel 12 on cable or visit the District’s website for accurate information on bad weather days. When delays are announced, parents should continue to listen to determine whether further adjustments are made. On a given day it may be necessary to change to an additional delay or closing.
As we cannot provide proper supervision for your children in the schools on delayed opening days, please do not drop your children off at school before the designated delayed opening time. Dismissals on days of delayed opening will be at the regular time, unless otherwise announced.
Early Dismissal: Announcement of such dismissal will be made as early as possible via the media and by existing telephone chains. The early dismissal sequence will begin with all BMPRSS students in grades K-5 being dismissed along with BBMS/HS student walkers and drivers. BBMS/HS students in grades 6-12 who are bus riders will be dismissed approximately 30 minutes after the first sequence. To avoid any confusion about early dismissal times the District will adhere to this two-sequence system.
Please remember the importance of having a back-up designee to whom children can go when you are not home and an early dismissal takes place. Students who are not dropped off by the bus because no one is home to receive them will be returned to their respective school. Parents will then be contacted to affect their pick up from there.
All non-public schools will be requested to dismiss their Blind Brook students at the announced early dismissal time if bus runs are timed to coincide with the public school runs. If this request is not or cannot be met, the Blind Brook-Rye UFSD cannot be responsible for the transportation of such nonpublic school students.
It is expected that all non-public and/or other out-of-district school will have an effective notification system in place regarding the delays, early dismissals or school closings.