Communicating weather-related announcements for 2020-21 school year

With winter weather coming right around the corner, it is important for the Stillwater community to understand how the district communicates weather-related announcements, be it closings, delays or early dismissals.

Due to the fact that our north country weather is so unpredictable, we never know how many emergency closure days there will be each year. This year, we have permission from the New York State Education Department to replace regular snow days with virtual learning days. This means that we will likely have a mix of regular snow days (as we have in the past) and virtual learning days. If there is a delay or closure, you will be notified on a variety of news channels and through messages (email, text and phone call) from the district. The message will also indicate if it will be a regular snow day or a virtual learning day.

Cancellations, delays or early dismissals are also posted on the school district’s website on the homepage and in the yellow alert bar at the top.

School closings are also announced on the following local TV and radio stations: Channel 6, Channel 9 (Spectrum News), Channel 10, Channel 13, FOX23, WFLY (92.3 FM), WGY (810 AM), WYJB (B95.5), and WRVE (99.5 FM).

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.