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Chappaqua Schools to Get Early Dismissals Amid Snow

Chappaqua Superintendent Lyn McKay announces that schools will close early on Friday. A major snowstorm is forecasted to hit.

Editor's Note: With a major snowstorm forecasted to hit the area, Chappaqua schools will have early dismissals on Friday morning.

Superintendent Lyn McKay announced the plans in an email alert to the community. Below is a copy of the alert:

Good evening,
This is Lyn McKay, Superintendent of Chappaqua Schools.   Presently, Chappaqua Schools will have an early dismissal tomorrow, Friday, February 8, as follows:

•       Middle schools at 10:00 a.m.
•       Greeley High School at 10:00 a.m.
•       Elementary schools at 10:45 a.m.

There will be no out-of-district transportation.  Lunch will not be served.

The town is preparing the roads and the bus company feels that transportation is manageable.
If the situation changes and we need to close, I will call you between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Stay safe. Lyn

LGC February 08, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Are you kidding me?! Who exactly is this supposed to benefit? Those who have their vacation plans this Spring? 1.5 hours of school is certainly not going to benefit the kids. I think it is highly irresponsible to put hundreds of kids on busses, to ask teachers to drive on the order of an hour or more, round trip, likely in snowy conditions, just to Chappaqua can avoid a "snow day". This is the most ridiculous, contrived, excuse for a school day I have seen.
Eggman February 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
This is some sleight-of-hand, let me tell you. Let's get them in, wait the minimum amount of time to meet the state limit for a full day [so we don't have to make-up the day] and then it counts! Is there learning going on in the 2 hours kids are waiting for the bus to go home? The responsible thing to do is to either hold school and put some funds into better tires and chains for the buses or cancel the day so it can be made-up [with precious vacation time - sorry]. This is a little trick at the expense of our children and our tax dollars.
James Welton February 08, 2013 at 06:57 AM
There is no minimal time to be in school to count for an instructional day. Once they come in, they are counted even if the buses simply idled while the students ran in for attendance. This is a tax dollar trick? How is that? Same pay, same expenses, same everything. The real hit to the taxpayer would be to those who have to cancel prepaid reservations on flights or hotels etc. Also, there is a real hardship on families with two working parents when days are canceled or changed. It is not always so easy to simply change a day off from work. Look at it this way: Assume we had not used all our snow days and the storm was coming as is. Wouldn't you want your student to go in for even an hour or two of instruction than to stay home? The district shouldn't ask employees to drive to work? Why not? How far out they live is their decision. What do you think the attendance will be on the vacation day that is exchanged if tomorrow is a snow day? It will be low and the lessons will have to be repeated. Talk about a waste of productivity. If you don't think it is worth it for your kid to go to school, keep her home.
Chapp Dad February 08, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Children safety is paramount so I will leave that in the hands of the experts....but I am tired of the coddling and hyper sensitivity to our teachers that must drive to work. I am sitting in my office now having driven to work from Chapp to lower Westchester.I will stay here and work until 2pm and then leave early. I work year round - I dont get the summer off and all vacations. I pay my own healthcare and put away for my own retirement. If I dont perform or business turns bad my job and livelihood are in jeopardy. If school is early dismissal or canceled altogether the desicion should be made based on our students - not the teachers. Teachers are adults, they are earning a living (handsome living), as such they have a responsibility to get to work even in inclement weather - like the rest of the working world.
John C Abell February 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I always assumed it had to do with the driving conditions for buses, i.e., not putting kids at unnecessary risk. What makes you think otherwise? Sounds like you have a huge chip on your shoulder about anyone who isn't self-employed.
Eggman February 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Perhaps the school district ought to examine how inclement weather is handled by other school districts in locations like Minnesota and Colorado [where snowstorms are common]. I would venture to guess that the districts are more spread out geographically [both for students and for teachers] and that they have effective systems in-place so that snow and rain and ice do not result in repeated school closings and calendar manipulation. We can learn from them.
LGC February 08, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Not a tax dollar trick -- a trick on our kids. A 1.5 hour day to me is the same as having the whole day cancelled. I work too, and by the time I got to work for a 1.5 hour day, I'd have to turn right around and come back to get them. How is that helpful? I would far prefer that they have a proper day of instruction, whether today, or a cancelled vacation day, or an extension of the school year day. Finally, you must be completely delusional if you think that teachers live a distance from the Chappaqua school district by some choice of luxury. This is an extremely expensive part of NY to live, and teachers do not (contrary to some opinions) make a handsome living.

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