View emergency school closings and delays on the
Times Union Web site
and the district's
Emergency School Closings
When classes are canceled or delayed because of the
weather or an emergency, notification will be posted on the
homepage of the district Web site, distributed to the media through the
School Closings Network and sent via e-mail through the School News Notifier
Such notification will first be given normally between 6
and 6:45 a.m. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, all
scheduled use of the schools will also be canceled.
School Closings Network
The district participates in the School
Closings Network in cooperation with the Albany Times-Union, and any delay or cancellation will be announced on
Times Union Web site as well as the following television
WRGB - TV 6
Capital News 9
WTEN - TV 10
WNYT - TV 13
WXXA - Fox 23 TV
School News Notifier
News Notifier (SNN) is an opt-in email news service that allows parents
and community members to stay in touch with what is happening in
Voorheesville schools. District officials have the power to send
information about emergency school closings and delays and updates or
reminders about school activities and events. Subscribers can choose to
receive any or all of the notifications, and they can unsubscribe at any time.
All e-mail addresses are kept confidential.
When early morning driving conditions are hazardous
but are expected to improve rapidly as the morning progresses,
Voorheesville may utilize a One or Two-Hour Delayed Opening for all of
its schools. Students will report to their bus stops exactly one or two
hours later than they normally would, depending on which Delayed Opening
is in effect. This delayed opening may also be used for other types of
emergencies. All students attending private or parochial schools will
follow the same procedure and report to their bus stops exactly one or
two hours after their normal pickup times.
Delayed openings will be made as early as possible and posted on the
district website, as well as broadcast on the radio and TV stations
Should a One or Two-Hour Delayed Opening be announced based on forecast
predictions for improved weather, and conditions by 7 a.m. are such that
we cannot safely transport our students to school, school officials will
announce that schools will be closed. Therefore, it is important to
continue to check the Web site or listen carefully for such an updated
Unexpected Dismissal of Classes During the School Day
Given the complex child care arrangements many
children have today, parents and district staff alike are concerned
about children being sent to empty homes or being confused about where
to go should school be dismissed unexpectedly. In fact, Voorheesville
parents have asked that we try not to send children home unexpectedly
during the school day, and we sympathize with this request.
We believe that safety lies in following established routines, and
Voorheesville parents should know that our schools are less likely to
close unexpectedly during the school day than in may other districts.
If a severe winter storm does hit unexpectedly, the superintendent may
be forced to send children home early, but we try to avoid doing this.
We often find that by the afternoon, when classes would normally be
dismissed, snow plows have cleared the roads and travel conditions have
improved. However, all parents, especially working parents, should
instruct their children where to go in the unlikely event of an
unexpected early dismissal.