Major Snow/Storm Day Schedule Procedures

THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Martin Van Buren High School

230 -17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11427
Tel: (718) 776-4728
Fax: (718) 776-6807


RE:    Procedures on Major Storm Days or on days with Citywide Emergency Conditions

 Dear Parent/Guardian:

This letter is being sent to you to explain the procedures we follow in the case of a major storm day or a day with citywide emergency conditions.  The Chancellor will make an announcement to all public schools in the city on whether to close schools or delay their opening.  This announcement is made in consultation with other City officials.  All authorized delayed openings will result in the regular starting time being two hours later (Please note that, in addition to this two hour delay, the morning or afternoon extra 37.5 minute session for small group instruction, tutoring or test preparation, will be cancelled).

By  6:00 AM,  the  decision  is  announced  on  the  311 Information Line, on the Department of Education website Home Page (which can be accessed at http://schools.nyc.gov/calendar) and on the following  radio stations in the city:   WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM), WABC (770 AM), WLIB (1190 AM), WADO (1280 AM), WBLS (107.5 FM), WNYE (91.5 FM), as well as the following television stations: WCBS (Channel 2), WNBC (Channel 4), WNYW (Fox Channel 5), WABC (Channel 7), WNYE (Channel 25), and "NY1" (Channel 1 on cable television).  Major radio news stations, such as WINS (1010 AM) and WCBS (880 AM), should be listened to on portable radios in the event of a major blackout.

The school telephone number to call is: (718) 776-4728

The regular school hours are:  7:50 AM – 2:10 PM

If there is an authorized delayed school opening, the school hours will be:  9:50 AM – 2:10 PM  

The Parent Coordinator for this school is: Mr. Chew, Parent Coordinator, (718) 776-4728 ext. 1393.

When there is an authorized citywide school closing or delayed school opening, the following will be cancelled unless the Chancellor makes an announcement to the contrary:  All field trips, tutoring or test preparation at the start or at the end of the regular school day, all after-school programs (including Community-Based Organization after-school programs on public school sites), and all after-school program transportation (including transportation to after-school programs at Community-Based Organization sites).

When there is an authorized citywide delayed school opening, school buses will run, but their arrival times will be delayed by two hours.  In addition, buses will not be available for any start or end of day extra sessions for small group instruction, tutoring or test preparation (since these sessions will be cancelled

It is expected that when there is a delayed opening, all end of day extra sessions will be cancelled.  As a result, all students will be dismissed at the regular time.  However, if citywide emergency conditions or a storm worsen, the Chancellor may have to announce an early dismissal.  The Chancellor will notify bus services of the earlier dismissal schedule.   You should advise your child to tell the teacher if no one is at home at the time of authorized early dismissal.  It is important that the BLUE EMERGENCY CONTACT CARD in our Health Office, Room is up-to-date.  If your child takes a school bus, school staff will remain in school with the bused children until buses arrive for dismissal or until your child is picked up.

If you have a child with a disability, you should use your discretion in deciding whether to send him or her to school when there is a delayed opening. If your child has medical or other health issues requiring nursing or other services during the school day, including services requiring a nurse or paraprofessional to ride on the bus, you should consider not sending your child to school. Please be reminded that your child will not be picked up if a nurse or paraprofessional who is required to ride with him or her is not aboard the school bus.

Again, contact the 311 Information Line, access our website Home Page at http://schools.nyc.gov/calendar, and listen to the radio or television stations listed above for information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Sam Sochet
Principal, I.A.