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Superintendent Memo (December 15): Using Emergency Closing/Snow Days This Year

December 15, 2020

Please see the memo below from District Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, that was emailed to all Lansingburgh families on Tuesday, December 15. 

It contains information about Emergency Closing Days (aka Snow Days) and how the use of them will be a little different this year. 

Lansingburgh School Community,

In anticipation of impending bad weather this winter and in light of our unusual educational setting due to COVID-19, using Emergency Closing Days (i.e. Snow Days) will be different than in previous years.  The purpose of using these days is to ensure the safety of our students and staff during times of inclement weather and/or unsafe conditions.

With Turnpike Elementary School currently using remote instruction for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, this eliminates the possibility of transportation issues with poor road conditions to and from school.  This means that the chances of a delayed opening or early dismissal are unlikely during times of less severe weather.  If this happens, we will likely instruct Turnpike office staff and faculty to work from home and have the entire district in remote classes as normal.  This allows our maintenance and custodial staff the time and space needed for snow removal.

However, if significant precipitation occurs, we realize the unsafe conditions in our community that this creates and are still planning to call a traditional Emergency Closing Day.  Meaning, remote classes would be canceled for the entire district.

Once Turnpike Elementary School reopens for in-person learning, considerations for delays, early dismissals and Emergency Closing Days will resume as usual.

I hope this clears up any confusion or questions you may have about these unique circumstances.


Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools