Delayed School Openings
(Inclement Weather or Emergency Conditions)
 
In the event of inclement weather or emergency conditions, the Superintendent of Schools determines whether schools will be closed or there will be a delayed opening of schools.

If it is determined that conditions will improve sufficiently to allow for the arrival of staff and students, the Superintendent may authorize a one and one-half hour delay (90 minutes) in the start of the school day. This alternative to closing schools permits greater flexibility in meeting the 180 day minimum session requirement.

A 90 minute delayed opening not only provides the district time to plow school parking lots and clear sidewalks, but enables our buses and staff to travel as weather conditions improve. A delayed opening is subect to change if the weather and/or road conditions remain hazardous. The Superintendent retains the option to close the schools when the potential for a hazardous situation exits.

If the Superintendent determines that a condition exists that warrants a 90 minute delayed opening due to hazardous road conditions and/or inclement weather reports, parents, faculty and staff will be notified via an automated phone notification system, the District website (www.pobschools.org), News 12 Cablevision and local radio stations.  The decision to close or delay the opening of school will be made by 5:45 am or earlier.

A delayed opening means the following:

  1. Classes will start one and one-half hours later than normal (see details below) and transportation will be provided one and one-half hours (90 minutes) later than normal pickup for all district and private schools.
  2. Morning child care start times will also be delayed by 90 minutes.
  3. Staff, with the exception of Buildings and Grounds and custodial personnel, will report as soon after normal arrival time as possible, but no later than the delayed starting time noted below.
  4. In the event of a delayed opening, the snow emergency telephone chain will be activated in the same way it would be if schools were to be closed for the day.

    School

Regular
Starting Time
Delayed
Starting Time
POB-JFK High School
7:28 am
8:58 am
HB Mattlin Middle School
8:00 am
9:30 am
POB Middle School
8:43 am
10:13 am
Pasadena Elementary School

Parkway Elementary School

9:15 am

9:15 am

10:45 am

10:45 am

Stratford Road Elementary School
9:15 am
10:45 am
Old Bethpage Elementary School
9:15 am
10:45 am
POB Kindergarten Center
8:45 am
10:15 am

Bus Pick-up Times: A 90 minute delayed school opening means that bus schedules will also be delayed by 90 minutes. For example, if your child's bus is normally scheduled to arrive at your bus stop at 7:00 am, a 90 minute delay will change the pick-up time to 8:30 am.

Private and Parochial Schools: School closing listings should be consulted to determine if your school is open.  If your school is open, you will need to add 90 minutes to your normal pick-up time for that day.

BOCES Schools and Programs: For information on these programs, please review the information received from BOCES for the program your child attends.

Emergency School Closing/Delayed Opening Notification Systems:
In addition to receiving an automated phone call from the district's School Messenger Emergency Notification System and providing information on the district Website located at www.pobschools.org, in the event that schools are closed or delayed in opening because of inclement weather or other emergency, the following radio and TV stations will be notified and will make announcements, usually from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. 

WCBS 880 AM
WALK 97.5 FM
WBAB 102.3 FM
WINS 1010 AM
WKJY 98.3 FM
WGBB 1240 AM
 WHLI 1100 AM     
Cablevision Channel 12

Note: With the cooperation of the Plainview Fire Department, arrangements have been made to sound the fire siren at 6:30 am, 7:00 am, and 7:30 am promptly. When the emergency conditions warrant the closing of the schools, listen for the signal.