WHO IS WATCHING THE WEATHER?
The superintendent and administrative staff carefully watch the weather conditions during seasons of possible inclement weather.
WHERE DO THEY GET THEIR INFORMATION?
Our school district monitors national weather service via broadcast and internet. We also contact the local law enforcement about road conditions. The Bergenfield Police Department provides us with a report on the road conditions from officers who are out on patrol. This report is typically secured between 4:30am and 5:30am. In making our decision, we must give careful consideration to the condition of local streets as well as the sidewalks and crossings around the community.
WHAT FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED WHEN MAKING
THE DECISION TO CLOSE SCHOOL?
The safety of all Bergenfield's children is our primary concern in making our decision. In deciding whether children will be safe, we look at the following factors:
Information on road conditions from the director of building and grounds and from law enforcement, including whether roads are icy;
- Time snow or ice starts and the amount;
Building conditions (e.g., whether schools have power and heat);
- Parking lot conditions;
- Temperature and wind-chill.
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
The superintendent of schools is responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the district staff.
If School Is Going To Be Closed or Delayed Opening
Check our website at www.bergenfield.org - A "No School Alert" will be posted.
If school is going to be closed because of the weather, official "No School" announcements will be made on local radio stations:
WINS (1010 AM) and WCBS (880).
You may also check the following radio websites:
Cablevision will broadcast closings on:
Channel 12, News 12 New Jersey.
Also, the town will notify you by single siren blast at 7:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and 8:00 a.m.
We request that you do not call the police department for school closing information. During bad weather it is imperative not to tie up their switchboard.
10 A.M. DELAYED OPENING OF SCHOOLS
The purposes of a delayed (10 a.m.) opening of schools are:
Should it become necessary and appropriate to delay the opening times of our schools, the following plan will provide guidelines for the operation of a "delayed opening day":
- to allow time for a change in weather conditions which have been forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS);
- to allow DPW crews to clear more streets and roads;
- to allow our staff to clear parking lots and walkways;
- to allow staff, some of whom travel long distances from rural areas, to travel on cleared roads; and
DECISION: Will be made by 5:30 A.M. by the Superintendent
on the basis of information received from:
- U.S. Weather Service
- Bergenfield P.D. and/or DPW
- Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
- Superintendents of area school systems
The Superintendent will inform Bergenfield P.D. and will start the staff "telephone tree."
CAUTION: DELAY COULD CHANGE TO A CLOSING!!
The most common reason for a "delayed (10 a.m.) opening" of school is that the inclement weather which exists between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. is likely to improve and clear by mid-morning. Therefore, IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT IMPROVE and/or IF, BY 7:15 A.M., THE ROADS ARE NOT CLEARED ENOUGH to be able to provide staff with a SAFE trip to school and students with a SAFE walk to school, the Superintendent will change the decision from "10 a.m. DELAY" to "CLOSED FOR THE DAY." That decision would be made by the Superintendent on the basis of information received from: U.S. Weather Service, Bergenfield P.D. and/or DPW, Supervisor of Bldgs. and Grounds, Area School Superintendents
NEW OPENING TIME: When the Superintendent opts for a Delayed Opening, he will indicate to all staff, the media, and the community that "all Bergenfield Public Schools will open at 10 A.M." That is to be regarded as "the time at which students are to report"; staff will be asked to report at 9:45 A.M. ALL BEFORE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS WILL BE CANCELLED.
NOTIFYING COMMUNITY: The community will be notified:
By announcement on the same radio and TV stations which announce school closings for us (WINS 1010, WCBS 880, Fox TV Channel 5,WVNJ, News 12 NJ) and by single siren blast at 6:15 a.m., at 6:45 a.m.; and at 7:15 a.m. for a delayed opening.
HALF-DAY KINDERGARTEN: Kindergarten AM session will run 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and Kindergarten PM session will run 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., not necessitating the disruption of days of Kindergarten attendance.
DISMISSAL TIMES: Unless a heat/health emergency develops in an individual school, dismissal will be at regular times.