Owego Apalachin Central School District News Article


Owego Apalachin Central School District Weather Related Closing Information

Winter in the Southern Tier can be very challenging. When severe weather occurs, we must make the decision to open or close our schools. Please rest assured that this decision is made cautiously and with much thought. Our ultimate concern is the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

In the event of an unscheduled school closing, delay or early/late dismissal it is our goal to notify the community in an efficient and timely manner.  We know our decision to close schools in poor weather can be burdensome to families due to child care and work schedules. We consider cancelling school to be an exception and we place a strong emphasis on keeping our schools open.  We believe students benefit both academically and socially by being in school.

Please take a few minutes to review the school closing procedures listed below.

How is the public notified?

You can check on weather-related notices by:

The homepage of our website (www.oacsd.org) will be updated with delay or cancellation information.

The NEW OACSD App will send a push notification alert to those who have downloaded the App and enabled push notifications. (Search Owego Apalachin School District in your app store.)

Parents and Staff who have opted in to receive the districts SMS text message alerts.  (It is crucial that all emergency numbers are kept up to date to ensure that parents and/or guardians receive this important message.)

Social Media Pages:  Facebook @OA.schools

                           Twitter @OAUpdate

Checking Local Media Outlets for Weather Notices (TV and Radio Stations)

****The district will NO longer be sending DATELINE email notifications.  We strongly encourage community members to download the district app and to follow us on social media.****

What are the different types of weather closings?

School Closing

All schools are closed for the day.   When schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in the school buildings for that calendar day are canceled unless otherwise noted.  Specific announcements will be made if special activities scheduled can be held because of improved weather conditions.

One-Hour/Two-Hour Delay to Start of School Day

A delayed start will be used for days when daylight and additional time is needed to allow for safe passage for students to schools.  In the event of a one-hour or two-hour school day delay, the school day will begin exactly one or two hours later than the regular school opening for each school.  All buses will pick up students exactly one or two hours later than the regular pickup time, drop off time will not change. There will be no AM Pre-Kindergarten on days that have a two hour delay.  P.M. Pre-School will start at the normal time. If school is delayed, there will be no before-school practices or activities.

Early Dismissal

If the weather changes to adverse conditions, the district may decide to release students early. Parents are urged to develop a plan for situations when their student may be released early.  Parents will be notified by the district using the above communication options and will also receive a SchoolMessenger call with detailed information regarding the early release. When the school system experiences an early dismissal, all extracurricular activities, athletic practices and late busses are cancelled.

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