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The Rochester City School District assesses the weather based on data from the National Weather Service and the monitoring of local conditions.  We then make decisions about school operations with the safety of our students in mind. 
 
Decisions on school closings have to be made very early in the morning, and weather conditions in Rochester can change drastically before students actually begin traveling to school.
 
In the event that schools are closed due to severe weather or other emergency situations, an announcement will be made on local T.V. and radio stations.  
 
The District will notify stations by 5:00 a.m. if schools are closed for the day.   
 
When city public schools are closed no transportation will be provided to any schools or programs served by the City School District.
 
If it becomes necessary to close schools early on a given day, an announcement will be made on local T.V. and radio stations. 
 
School personnel will not leave their buildings until all students are transported home and walkers are dismissed. 
 
IF SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS TO DECIDE IF IT IS SAFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO TRAVEL THEIR USUAL ROUTES TO SCHOOL.
 
 
Shoveling           TIPS ON DRESSING SAFELY FOR WINTER WEATHER

 

The New York State Health Department offers these tips:

 

1.    Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothing in several layers.  Trapped air between the layers acts as an insulator.  Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.

 

2.    Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.

 

3.    Always wear a hat or cap on your head since half of your body heat could be lost through an uncovered head.

 

4.    Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extreme cold.

 

5.    Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other.

 

For more information, check out the website at:

 

http://www.semo.state.ny.us/info/publicsafety/winter_safety_tips.cfm