With winter weather arriving, it’s a good time for parents and students to remember how ELCS communicates weather-related announcements, including closings, delays and (potential) early dismissals.
While snow is the reason for most school closings and delays, it’s not the only possible culprit. Especially during the winter months, the regular school schedule could be disrupted because of a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with snow: Extreme wind chills, boiler failures and water main breaks have all affected schools in upstate New York during recent winters.
Superintendent Scott Osborne must make decisions about closing or delaying the start of the ELCS school day by 5:30 AM. When school operates on its regular schedule, transportation personnel must report by 6:15 AM., and buses are on the road to begin their morning runs by 6:45 AM.
"When considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start, my top priority is always the safety of our students, the parents that may bring them to school, and our employees," Mr. Osborne said. "I consult with our transportation and buildings and grounds staff, and we look at road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of our buses and school buildings when making these decisions. We also consult with neighboring school districts and town highway personnel."
Once the decision is made to close school or delay the start of the school day, that information is disseminated through a variety of means:
• The district website;
• Our automated RoboCall system;
• The district Facebook page;
• The district Twitter feed;
• and local TV and radio stations. ELCS does not control when radio stations publicize school closings and delays.
Mr. Osborne recommends that all parents make sure their contact information is up-to-date in our SchoolTool system. All parents with valid email addresses and cell phone numbers in SchoolTool are able to receive email messages for closings. When in doubt, Mr. Osborne recommends parents check the district website, www.elcsd.org, for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Contact our school office at 873-6371 to provide ELCS any updated contact information you may have; this allows us to better communicate with and serve you!