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 two-hour delay in the start of the school day. This alternative to closing schools permits greater flexibility in meeting the 180 day minimum session requirement.
A 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 subject 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 two-hour 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 (School Messenger), the District website (www.pobschools.org), News 12 Cablevision and local radio stations.
A delayed opening means the following:
- Classes will start two-hours later than normal (see details below) and transportation will be provided two-hours later than normal pickup for all district and private schools.
- Morning (AM) child care start times will also be delayed by two-hours or determined in an alert update to be cancelled.
- 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.
- In the event of a delayed opening students and staff will be notified by phone via School Messenger.
|POBJFK High School||7:25am||9:25am|
|Howard B. Mattlin Middle School||8:40am||10:40am|
|POB Middle School||8:40am||10:40am|
|Pasadena Elementary School||9:20am||11:20am|
|Parkway Elementary School||9:20am||11:20am|
|Stratford Road Elementary School||9:20am||11:20am|
|Old Bethpage Elementary School||9:20am||11:20am|
Bus Pick-up Times: A two-hour delayed school opening means that bus schedules will also be delayed by two-hours. For example, if your child's bus is normally scheduled to arrive at your bus stop at 7:00 am, a two-hour delay will change the pick-up time to 9:00 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 two-hours 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.
Early Dismissal Schedule:
School Elem. Parent Conference and/or Early Dismissal
|POBJFK High School ||9:00am|
|Howard B. Mattlin Middle School ||11:05am|
|POB Middle School ||11:05am|
|Old Bethpage Elementary School ||11:40am|
|Pasadena Elementary School ||11:40am|
|Parkway Elementary School ||11:40am|
|Stratford Road Elementary School||11:40am|