School Closings & Delays

When the Duanesburg Central School District needs to close school, delay start times or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, such information is reported using multiple channels.

In addition to posts on this website, the district communicates emergency school closings and delays in following ways:

  • DCS uses the One Call Now mass notification system to contact parents/guardians. This system uses contact numbers parents/guardians have provided to the district.
  • Parents/guardians, students and community members can also sign up to receive emails and texts* through the School News Notifier (SNN) system. Texts are only sent for closings, delays and other such emergency situations.
  • DCS shares information with local media, via the School Closings Network, to include in TV newscasts and media websites.

* Please note that SNN and text messages can be delayed due to situations beyond the district’s control. Delays can occur because of the volume of closing notifications sent over SNN, precautions put in place by email servers or issues with cellular carriers. Therefore, it is best to rely on more than one source of information for weather-related announcements.

School Closings Network 

The district participates in The School Closings Network, with  closings, delays or cancellations announced on the websites of media participating in the network and on the following television stations:

  • Channel 6 (WRGB CBS6)
  • Spectrum News (formerly Time Warner Cable or YNN)
  • Channel 10 (WTEN)
  • Channel 13 (WNYT)
  • Fox 23 (WXXA)

Participating media, in addition to the above stations, include: The Times Union, The Post-Star, WFLY/ FLY 92, WGY/ 810 A.M., WRVE /The River 99.5 F.M. and WYJB/B-95.5 F.M.

No breakfast will be served in the event of a two-hour delay.

How and when are decisions made?

When DCS needs to determine whether school will be delayed or closed, we start just before 5 a.m., checking with county/town road crews and our transportation and buildings and grounds supervisors, speaking with local school district superintendents and reviewing updated weather forecasts.

The goal is to make a decision when possible no later than 6 a.m. for a two-hour delay and no later than 7 a.m. as to whether we will close entirely. Once the decision is made, a series of phone calls to staff and media must occur.

When school is closed or dismissed early, all after-school activities are canceled unless otherwise scheduled by the superintendent. The Y After-School Child Care program will be closed if school closes early or if all after-school activities are canceled.