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January 18, 2017

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How GCSD communicates weather-related announcements

Dec. 18, 2015—Although the temperatures have been unseasonably mild, the potential for winter weather is always around the corner.

 

Here at GCSD, we thought it would be a good time to explain how Guilderland communicates weather-related announcements, be it closings, delays or early dismissals.

Cancellations, delays or early dismissals are posted on the school district’s website, right on the homepage at WWW.GUILDERLANDSCHOOLS.ORG.

School closings are also announced on the following local media outlets: Channel 6, Channel 9 (YNN), Channel 10, Channel 13, FOX23, Channel 16 (Town of Guilderland), WFLY (92.3 FM), WGNA (107.7 FM), WGY (810 AM), WYJB (B95.5), WRVE (99.5 FM) as well as at the Times Union website (HTTP://TIMESUNION.COM). 

Closing information will also be sent directly to your email account via the district's SCHOOL NEWS NOTIFIER (SNN) system if you have signed up for the closings and delays notification option. It will also be sent directly to your cell phone via text message if you have signed up for text message alerts. Please note that due to the volume of closing notifications sent over SNN, and precautions put in place by the recipient's email server, these notifications may not be received immediately.

In addition, GCSD will post notifications to our district FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages. The district will also notify parents of school closings, delays, and early dismissals via the ONE CALL NOW telephone alert system. All GCSD parents with students currently registered in school have already been automatically entered into the One Call Now calling system based on contact information contained in the district’s student management system, SchoolTool. Parents do not need to sign-up for this service.

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district’s ability to send electronic notifications. Emergency preparedness agencies have advised that residents have access to a battery-powered radio so that they can receive information if other communication channels are unavailable.

Thank you, and please stay safe this winter!

 

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