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Weather Delays & Closing Procedures

When snow falls, the North Colonie Central School District (NCCSD) wants students, families and staff to know how the district will handle weather-related closures and delays in the 2022-23 school year.

NCCSD has 182 days built into the 2022-23 school year – leaving two days for emergency closings – which include weather events and other unforeseen emergencies.

In the event of inclement weather, we plan to use traditional snow closings. We will also reserve the option (when appropriate) to call a delay for road crews and our own facilities staff to clear roads and walkways. In the case that we have used all reserved snow days, the district plans to use remote instruction to ensure our students meet the mandated number of instructional days.

Morning closings may be announced as early as 5:30 a.m., but usually by 6:30 a.m.

Delayed openings mean all schedules will be delayed two hours. Bus pickups will be approximately two hours later than the scheduled time. However, please continue to monitor all opening delays, as they could turn into school closings depending on the weather.

How NCCSD communicates weather-related information

North Colonie families can find information about inclement weather delays, closings or cancellations in several ways including:

Colonie Youth Center (CYC)

  • If school is delayed or closed, CYC does NOT operate.
  • If school dismisses 15 minutes early, CYC DOES operate. If school closes more than 15 minutes early, CYC does NOT operate.
  • If school dismisses at the usual time, but after school/evening activities are canceled, CYC stays open. Please be advised that CYC may ask parents to pick up early. This communication would come from CYC (not the district).

Please contact CYC with questions or concerns at info@colonieyouthcenter.org

UPDATE (January 25, 2023)

Every year the number of days in the school calendar fluctuates based on the date of Labor Day and the schedule for Regents Exams. The New York State Department of Education requires districts to hold 180 days of instruction.

In the past, this exact situation could have resulted in the district taking a day off of April break week or adding a day to the end of the year to make up the instructional time. This year, the North Colonie calendar was 182 days, which is two more than the required minimum days of instruction — thereby leaving us with two snow days.

Since we have now used two snow days, we are at the minimum state requirement of 180 instructional days. As such, any future snow days will need to be remote instructional days in order for us to meet the New York State requirement.