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Emergency School Closing
Information Before School Begins...
If schools in East Ramapo are to be closed before the start of the school day, a decision will be made by 6 a.m., and all radio stations listed below, the district's Infophone, and a special internet web site (www.cancellations.com) will have the information by 6:30 a.m. The same will apply if the opening of school is to be delayed. If a delayed opening has been announced, please continue to listen to your radio station, call Infophone, or monitor www.cancellations.com about the possibility of school being closed. (If the opening of school is to be delayed, then all A.M. kindergarten and all A.M. PreKindergarten classes will be cancelled.) East Ramapo makes every reasonable effort to balance the important matters of safety and education, while at the same time making a decision early enough that bus drivers, teachers, other employees, the media, and parents can be notified in time to make whatever arrangements may be necessary.
For up-to-the-minute information on the possibility of a delayed opening or school closing, you may listen to any of the following radio stations: WRCR (1300 AM), WFAS (1230 AM), WBNR (1260 AM), WLNA (1420 AM), WVOX (1460 AM), Rockland Emergency Radio (1640 AM), WRTN (93.5 FM), WHUD (100.7 FM), WFAS (103.9 and 106.3 FM), and WSPK (104.7 FM).
If you live in East Ramapo and have access to a computer, just log onto www.cancellations.com. Once there, enter your zip code in the "Search for delays/cancellations" box on the upper left side of the screen, click "Search," and it will take you to a host of organizations within a five-mile radius-including East Ramapo. The site will tell you immediately whether there are any postings. Postings will be listed at this site for both district-wide and school-based delays and cancellations. If you do not see a posting after 6:30 a.m., then it means that school will be in session as usual.
You may also call Infophone, the district's 24-hour message service, at 577-6565. Infophone is kept up to the minute during all emergency situations, and can handle up to eight calls at the same time. If you call after 6:30 a.m. and do not hear a school closing message, then it means that school will be in session. When district schools are closed, all regularly scheduled sports events and co-curricular activities are also cancelled, unless otherwise announced. When school is open for the day, all of the above activities will take place, unless otherwise announced. Activities to be cancelled will be announced on Infophone and WRCR and posted on www.cancellations.com. No announcements will be made for activities that are to take place as usual. Important note: When the opening of school is delayed, then all a.m. kindergarten and a.m. PreKindergarten classes are cancelled.
When School Is In Session...
If school is already in session and grades 1-12 are to be sent home early because of poor weather conditions, that decision will be made by 11:15 a.m. If afternoon kindergarten or PreKindergarten classes are to be cancelled, that decision will be made by 10:30 a.m. Any decision to close early will be aired on Infophone and given to WRCR, WHUD, and WLNA as soon as the decision is made. It will also be posted onwww.cancellations.com.
Please do not call the school district or individual schools to find out if children are being sent home early, as that will only tie up the same phone lines that are needed to inform the radio stations, bus drivers, and other essential personnel. During such emergencies, it is important that the district's telephone system be available for official use. Smoothly-run procedures are essential to the health and welfare of our children, and these depend upon the phone system being available for heavy use by district officials. Additionally, please do not call PTA presidents. Important note for Parents of K-Club youngsters: When school is to be closed early, youngsters in the K-Club will not be bused home. As soon as parents hear about an early closing, they must call 577-6378 and inform K-Club officials as to who will be picking their child up. Parents must make arrangements to have their children picked up from K-Club by 1 p.m. When school remains open until normal closing time, even during inclement weather, K-Club will also remain open until normal closing time. Important note for Parents of RASP youngsters: When school is to be closed early, youngsters in the RASP program will be bused home. When school remains open until normal closing time, even during inclement weather, RASP will also remain open until normal closing time.
If You're A Parent...
If you're the parent of an elementary school student, you are urged to have a current emergency telephone number on file at your child's school. You are also urged to make your child aware of where to go and what to do in case of an emergency dismissal during regular school hours.Please note: Members of each elementary school's PTA unit will help place phone calls and provide assistance whenever possible, but they arenot responsible for contacting every parent or for dismissal procedures.