Snow Day Closing Information

With winter soon approaching and the weather changing, Pittsford Central School District would like to remind families of the District’s process used in making determinations about school closings. Schools are dismissed early or closed due to inclement weather, or other emergencies, when necessary to protect the safety and welfare of students and staff.

The District resides in a snow-belt and most storms can be managed effectively. For this reason, please assume school will be open and encourage students to be prepared for their next day’s studies.

We understand that a decision to open or close in bad weather will have an impact on our families. We consider many factors while making these decisions, including:

  • Current and projected weather conditions.
  • Road patrols by the Town and District that report the condition of local roads, sidewalks and parking lots, taking into account snow and ice, as well as other hazards such as downed trees or power lines. These reports also provide an assessment of the progress of snow clearing.
  • The District also communicates with local districts about the road conditions in surrounding areas.
  • Temperature and wind chill factors. Monroe County Health Department recommends that we consider closing schools if the wind chill is expected to fall between -25 and -40 degrees.

When it is necessary to close or dismiss schools for any emergency, including inclement weather, announcements are made on local radio and television broadcasts as early as possible. The information is also communicated to parents through the Blackboard® notification system and posted on the District’s website.

When school is closed for the day or dismissed early, all evening school activities will be cancelled, including athletic practices and contests, club meetings and any other student after-school activities. The only exception would be a major District-wide event, such as a concert involving hundreds of students, which could be held if the weather clears sufficiently.