Winter weather reminders
ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2017) -- As winter settles
upon the Northeast, the City School District of Albany offers tips to
keep ahead of cold and snowy weather in our area.
Weather-related closings and delays
There are a variety of information sources you
can monitor to stay up to date on our school district's decisions to
close school or shorten the day, or postpone programs and events due to
the cold or other factors.
Notifier -- Albany SNN is an e-mail alert system that also
includes a text-messaging option for emergency news such as
weather-related closings or delays. SNN allows you to sign up for
information in as many as 29 categories. Join the more than 4,800 people
already signed up by clicking the Albany SNN logo on the top right-hand
corner of our website’s home page. Be sure to include your cell phone
information and select the "School closings and delays" option among
your SNN choices.
SNN users: Please remember to check the account
settings on your SNN Profile page periodically to make sure that your
e-mail and cell-phone listings are up to date. If you changed your
e-mail address, cell carrier or cell number since creating your SNN
account and have not updated those settings, you may not receive SNN
e-mail or text messages. To update your profile, click on the SNN
logo on the home page. The SNN profile page is the first page you come
to after logging in to your account. If you forgot your SNN password,
please use the Forgot Password option at the bottom of the SNN log-in
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Local media --
Announcements about closings, delays and other related news are provided
to multiple local media outlets via the School Closings Network. You can
find that information at www.timesunion.com and
on the following radio and TV stations:
CBS6 Albany (Ch. 6)
Spectrum News (Ch. 9)
WTEN (Ch. 10)
WNYT (Ch. 13)
Staying warm and safe
It's not just snow that makes a "snow day."
Snow and ice cause most weather-related school
closings and delays. But since thousands of students walk to and from
school each day in our district, we also closely monitor severe cold and
wind chill conditions.
If the temperature drops into the single digits
or below zero, or if the wind chill dips below minus 25 degrees
Fahrenheit or colder, the district may delay school or dismiss early.
Wind chills of minus 40 degrees are considered dangerous and a medical
reason to close school and suspend outdoor activity, including
interscholastic outdoor sports.
Parents and guardians, do your best to see that
children are properly clothed and not allowed to remain outdoors in
extreme weather conditions, which include temperatures in the single
digits or below and wind chills of minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit or
colder. Monitor the weather and attempt to dress your children
appropriately to go outside.
Also, discuss the following information with
Children who go outside in extreme weather
must tell an adult if they feel cold, if they feel pain or numbness,
if they see a color change in any part of their body or if their
boots and gloves get wet. If this happens at school, the child
should see the nurse to be warmed, given dry clothing and evaluated
Children should be instructed not to remain
outdoors for longer than five minutes in extreme temperatures, and
should know to come in sooner if they are cold, feeling pain or
numbness in their hands, feet, ears or noses, or if their clothing,
especially boots or gloves, becomes wet.
Parents should avoid leaving a child completely
unattended outside before pick-up and should discuss with the child what
to do in an emergency or bus delay if the parent already has left for
work. If required, it is crucial that your child has a safe and warm
alternative while waiting for the bus.
The mission of the City School District of Albany
is to work in partnership with our diverse community to
engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide
the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High