Please be advised that the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and NYC Emergency Management will be issuing a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Snow is anticipated to begin around 5AM Tuesday morning and continue throughout the morning. Based on the latest weather update we have received from Emergency Management and the National Weather Service snow should start around 6 – 7AM and continue through 9 – 10AM
Department of Sanitation is already on alert and will be prepared to activate immediately (salting overnight and Tuesday; plowing will begin if accumulations hit two inches).
We are planning to proceed with the regular school day Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Bus routes may experience some delays Tuesday morning with some snow expected to start around 6 – 7AM and continue through 9 – 10AM.
We are planning to proceed with after-school activities for Tuesday except for Project Read, which will be cancelled.
We are cancelling ALL field trips requiring yellow busing during the day.
This decision has been made in order to keep vehicles off the road during the projected heaviest snowfall in the middle of the day and ensure buses are on time for afternoon dismissal. In addition, this will help ensure that the Department of Sanitation can plow and salt roads as needed so roads are safer and clearer during dismissal and the afternoon rush hour. Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance to us.
For any questions about busing, please contact the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT): 718-392-8855. The OPT call center will open at 5AM tomorrow and we will have NYPD stations at the OPT call center if any buses happen to get stuck in any traffic tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon. We will also be in close communication with DOT and NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) for any early indicators of potential issues and will remain open until the last student is dropped off at home. Out of an abundance of caution, we may ask after-school programs to shelter in place if the weather worsens and until road conditions improve tomorrow.
New Yorkers are encouraged to use public transportation during storm conditions and use caution when walking, biking, and driving and allow for additional travel time.
We are continuing to monitor the storm’s progress, and will email DOE staff immediately if anything changes. Again, student, staff and general safety is of the utmost importance.
Please stay safe and warm.