We gather as much relevant information as possible and base our decision on that analysis. This process includes:
A review of data from forecasting services and statewide emergency systems
Information on road conditions from transportation staff, police, and highway supervisors
An assessment of the amount of accumulated snow and ice
Evaluation of anticipated duration of precipitation, weather predictions, temperature and wind chill data
Who makes the decision and when? 🕟
The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the final determination. The decision is based on the factors in the How do we make our decision to close schools tab as well as recommendations from the director of transportation, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, and the West Seneca Police department.
We try very hard to make the decision by 5:30 a.m. or the evening before, if possible, to give parents extra time to arrange alternate plans.
How is the public notified? 📢
The District's rapid broadcast system will be activated as soon as the decision to close schools is made. It will also be posted on the District homepage, District Facebook and Twitter.
Up-to-date information is also provided to the various radio stations, WBEN, WXRL, WHTT, WKSE, WTSS, WEDG, WGR.
Up-to-date information is provided to the various television stations: WKBW, KGRZ, WIVB, and the district website.
Will we close schools if conditions worsen? 💨
Once we make the decision to keep schools open, many parents leave for work. If we were to send students back home, many students would return to unsupervised bus stops and empty homes.
All of our buildings have emergency generators and systems as well as extra food and water to ensure student safety and comfort. Our schools are safe places even when there are power failures elsewhere in the community. School is the safest place to keep the children while we contact parents and make arrangements for a safe return home.