Announcing Snow Days
There will be days when, because of hazardous road conditions, school will be delayed or closed. Delays and closings will be posted prominently on the district’s website home page and directly to our families through our SchoolMessenger system. Announcements will be made on the following radio stations and websites beginning at 5:45 a.m.:
- WALL (1340 AM)
- WGNY (1220 AM)
- WELV (1269 AM)
- WBNR (1260 AM)
- WPDH (101.5 FM)
- WHUD (100.7 FM)
- WSUL (98.3 FM)
When the school district is closed, no transportation will be furnished to BOCES, non-public schools, or after-school activities.
Delays and Early Dismissals
When the Pine Bush Central School District has a two- or three-hour delay, transportation will pick up all of our students on a delayed schedule. This includes students attending OU BOCES, non-public schools and other special education locations.
When the district dismisses early, transportation will pick up all of our students early, including students attending OU BOCES, non-public schools and other special education locations.
When Pine Bush cancels after-school activities, Boys and Girls Club and Club Kid will also be cancelled. Please make sure you have a plan to accommodate this possibility.
When the district is closed due to a weather event, is delayed or dismisses early, virtual learners will follow that same schedule.
In the event that the district uses all of its allotted emergency closing days, an all-virtual learning day may be scheduled.
For the 2020-2021 school year, there are five snow days built into the calendar. Snow days used so far are:
- Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
- Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
- Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
- Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
The Pine Bush Central School District utilizes numerous contacts and information when making the determination to delay schools, close schools, dismiss schools early, and/or cancel after school activities and events.
Not only is information received from news channels and The Weather Channel, but First Student, the contract transportation company, receives information from Fleet Weather Tracking System on upcoming weather events. First Student also has four members of their staff traveling four point locations within the Pine Bush Central School District (Bloomingburg, Fair Oaks vicinity, Bullville, Thompson Ridge vicinity, Walker Valley , Crags moor vicinity, Pine Bush, Middletown vicinity) and providing feedback as to road conditions.
Simultaneously, First Student is in contact with Town Highway Supervisors asking how the road conditions are and the scheduled timeframes for road crews to be on the roads providing road cleanups or plowing or salting or sanding or flooded areas or lines down or roads closed — any and all information that can be provided. Contacts are also made with contiguous schools districts to provide information of any delays or closings.
While all of this is happening, contact is made with our Director of Operations and Maintenance on the progress and ability to have parking areas and walkways clear for staff and students. Usually by or before 5:30 a.m., based on all known information, the decision is made by the Superintendent of Schools, or designee, to delay or close schools.
Once a decision is made, messages are sent out to parents using the SchoolMessenger system. Please make sure your information is up to date so that you receive the proper notifications. Through these communication avenues, parents then are able to plan accordingly for their children and their care.
If a school emergency should arise that requires an evacuation, the following plan will be put in place:
- E. J. Russell Elementary School students will walk to the Church of the Infant Saviour on Rt. 302.
- Pakanasink Elementary School students will walk to the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Rt. 302 and Goshen Turnpike.
- Circleville Elementary School students will board buses and be transported to the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Rt. 302 and Goshen Turnpike.
- Pine Bush Elementary School students will walk to the Pine Bush High School.
After the elementary students are in the alternate sites, buses will pick up the high school and middle school students, transport them home, and return for the elementary students.
Parents must decide in advance what their child will do if school is closed. It is not possible for the school to notify parents in the event of an emergency closing, however, information will be made available on the district Hot Line, which can be accessed by dialing 744-2031, then press 12, then press 3.