Weather Related Closing and Delayed Opening Information
When adverse weather conditions arise, the Superintendent may close schools. In such cases, the Superintendent or her designee will distribute an important and urgent message to our school community via Connect-Ed, a system that enables us to personally communicate with parents about emergency situations, school events and important issues within our schools. The system allows us to send personalized voice messages to your family’s home, work or cell phones.
The announcement will also be posted on the school’s webpage: www.northbellmoreschools.org.
Additionally, News Channel 12 on Optimum and News Channel 535HD on Verizon will list school delays and closings on the television screen and on their webpages: www.news12.com. The decision to close school due to inclement weather will be consistent with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.
Please Note: If school is closed for one day due to inclement weather, the calendar remains the same.
Emergency Closing During School Hours
In the event of an emergency during the school day, Connect-Ed will be used. If necessary, we will also use PTA phone chains and radio announcements. However, students will not be dismissed before the regular time unless parents or designated contact persons are notified. The closing announcement will be for the North Bellmore Union Free School District.
Delayed Opening of Schools
The Superintendent of Schools will implement a two-hour delayed opening when hazardous road or weather conditions that could prompt the closing of schools are expected to improve later in the morning.
A delayed opening is subject to change if the weather or road conditions remain hazardous. The Superintendent retains the option to issue another Connect-Ed message directing a school closing when the potential for a hazardous situation continues to exist.
Notification of Delayed Opening
If it is necessary to delay the opening of school because of inclement weather, dangerous road conditions, or any other emergency, parents will receive a phone call and an e-mail via the automated phone system, Connect-Ed, as early as possible. The announcement will also be posted on the school’s webpage: www.northbellmoreschools.org and on News 12.
The Time Schedule: Delayed openings will delay the opening of school by two hours.
|Regular Starting Time:
| 8:30 a.m.
| Drop-off begins at 8:20 a.m.
|Delayed Starting Time:
| 10:30 a.m.
| Drop-off begins at 10:20 a.m.
Students are NOT to be dropped off at school prior to these designated times — this is when supervision is scheduled to begin.
If Bus Transportation Is Provided: Bus schedules will also be delayed by two hours. For example, if a child’s bus is normally scheduled to arrive at his or her home or bus stop at 8 a.m., the two-hour delay will change it to approximately 10 a.m. Keep in mind that the poor weather conditions that necessitate a delayed opening are likely to cause some delays in bus pick-ups.
Morning Activities Are Canceled: If there is a delayed opening, morning activities such as The Bellmore-Merrick Child Care Breakfast Program and all before-school activities will be canceled.
School Lunch Program Continues: Delayed openings do not affect the school lunch schedule. Lunch will be available and served to all students at their regularly scheduled lunchtime.
Dismissal Time Remains Unchanged: A delayed opening has no effect on dismissal time or after-school activities unless otherwise announced. As always, school will end at 2:55 p.m. for kindergarten and 3 p.m. for grades 1-6. Buses should drop students off at approximately the regular time, allowing for inclement weather conditions.