Closing and Delays

School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other situations will be posted on the homepage of the school website and sent out via SchoolMessenger. In addition to the homepage of the district website, individuals may also access school closing information via the media outlets described below.

Updates for the 2020-21 School Year

Weather-Related Closures for the 2020-21 School Year

As in the past, schools will be closed when snow or poor road conditions make travel difficult or impossible. There will be no classes on these days for all students (in-person or remote-only).

If we exceed our planned number of snow days for this school year then we will likely make additional days remote-only instruction days. We will notify you in advance if we have used all of our snow days for this year.

Weather-Related Delays for the 2020-21 School Year

New this year: When morning weather conditions necessitate extra time for bus preparation and for roads to be cleared:

  • Grades K-6 will be delayed by two hours
  • Grades 7-12 will go fully remote for that day

SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger is a way to receive email news from the district and its schools: including emergency notifications, such as school closings/delays and emergency situations in schools. Learn more about how to modify your preferences here. 

Radio and television stations

Radio:

  • WGY – 810AM (Please visit www.wgy.com for emergency closing information)
  • WYJB – 95.5FM
  • WRVE – 99.5FM

Television:

  • WRGB – TV 6
  • WXXA – TV 8
  • WTEN – TV 10
  • WNYT – TV 13
  • Capital News 9
  • Channel 1302 in the Town of Guilderland

Morning closings may be announced as early as 5:30 a.m., but usually by 6:30 a.m. Whenever schools are closed for emergency reasons, afterschool and evening activities are also canceled. This includes continuing education classes and “PM School” for high school students.

Delayed openings mean all schedules will be delayed either one or two hours. Bus pickups will be approximately one or two hours later than the scheduled time. However, please continue to monitor all opening delays, as they could turn into school closings depending on the weather.

Early dismissals due to inclement weather

When the weather becomes inclement during the day and driving conditions become poor, please stay tuned to news about early dismissals through the methods discussed above. Please arrange for any changes in drop-off locations for students in the event of an emergency school closing in advance, if necessary. If you have not done so already, please contact your child’s individual school for more information on how to make these arrangements.

Early dismissals held due to inclement weather or other emergencies, will be scheduled as follows:

  • Elementary schools—2:05 p.m.
  • Guilderland High School—12 p.m.
  • Farnsworth Middle School—1 p.m.
  • All private and parochial students—12 p.m.

Please note: Y-Time at Guilderland Elementary School, Pine Bush Elementary School, and Westmere Elementary School will only be canceled due to inclement weather conditions if the elementary schools are dismissed before 12 p.m. or if school is cancelled for the entire day. Y-Time will still run if after school and evening activities have been cancelled.

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