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Weather-related closures and delays

Filed in Archive by on November 16, 2020

Important information about possible weather delays

If the weather becomes a factor in opening schools, please be aware of the following weather-related protocols that are currently in place for the 2020-21 school year.

Snow Days

If schools are closed for a snow day, there will be NO REMOTE INSTRUCTION for students.

One-hour delay

If morning weather conditions require extra time for bus preparation and for roads to be cleared, the district will only use a one-hour delay, instead of a two-hour delay. 

Students in grades K-5 would attend school in person, and ALL students in grades 6-12 would continue to receive virtual instruction according to the following schedules. Please read this information carefully:

  • BCHS.
    • ALL students in grades 9-12 are remote-only, 9 a.m. start time
    • No in-person instruction for BCHS BEEP, RISE students
    • No transportation for CTE students, morning or afternoon
    • View BCHS one-hour delay schedule.
  • BCMS
    • ALL students in grades 6-8 are remote-only, 9 a.m. start time
    • No in-person instruction for BCMS Skills and Intensive Skills students
    • View BCMS one-hour delay schedule.
  • Elementary Schools
    • 10:10 a.m.
  • K-5 Virtual Learning Academy
    • 10:10 a.m.

Additional details

  • As part of the one-hour delay, elementary buses will pick up students one hour later than the student’s scheduled pick up time.
  • If school is canceled or delayed, the Special Education and Student Services (SESS) Department will cancel all CSE meetings and will send a notice of rescheduled meetings to families who are impacted by these changes.
  • The one-hour delay information above is subject to change after the December holiday break.
  • The school closure that took place on October 8, 2020, due to widespread power outages, means that Friday, May 28, 2021 will be a regular day of instruction.

How BC communicates weather-related closures

Cancellations, delays or early dismissals are posted on the school district’s website, right on the homepage at www.bethlehemschools.org.

School closings are also announced on the following local TV and radio stations: Channel 6, Channel 9, NEWS10, Channel 13, FOX23, WGNA (107.7 FM), WGY (810 AM), WYJB (B95.5), WRVE (99.5 FM), as well as http://timesunion.com. We will also post closings and delays on the district’s Twitter (twitter.com/BethlehemCSD) page.

For district parents and staff, closing information will be sent directly to you via email using School Messenger. If you have opted in to receive SMS text messaging through School Messenger, you will also receive a text message.

You can check to see if you are signed up to receive text messages by texting “Y” to 67587.

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district’s ability to send electronic notifications. Emergency preparedness agencies have advised that residents have access to a battery-powered radio so that they can receive information if other communication channels are unavailable.