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Emergency Related Information | Delays, Dismissals, Closures

January 2024

Dear NECSD students, families, faculty, and staff,

As the winter months continue, I am writing with some information to help remind and clarify the practices the district uses to determine if/when a delay, closure, or early dismissal is necessary. These circumstances are typically utilized for weather conditions, however, they may be utilized for any type of scenario that may require a change to our standard schedule. 

At this time, the district has utilized one (1) day that is eligible for use for an emergency closure, which is how inclement weather is categorized. The district has three (3) remaining emergency days, as listed on our district calendar. In the event that the district exhausts all eligible emergency days, additional days will be scheduled as needed. 


School closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other emergency situations will be shared directly with our NECSD community via email and robocall, posted on the NECSD website and social media channels (@NewburghSchools), and provided to the local media. Please make sure your contact information is up to date so you receive these messages directly. As soon as a decision is made, our communications team is notified and shares the message to our community within minutes. 

Decision-making Factors:

There are many different factors that are considered when making a decision to close, delay, or dismiss early. The safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff remains our number one priority. We hope to make a decision with ample notice to our school community, but there may be occasions when shorter notice is given. We appreciate your understanding as we work to consider multiple factors. Over the course of the day/night, when a storm is in the forecast, some of the factors taken into consideration by our team include, but may not be limited to:        

Delayed openings:

Delayed openings mean all schedules will be delayed by a designated amount of time, usually one or two hours. Bus pickups will be approximately one or two hours later than the regularly scheduled pick-up time, depending on the delay for that day. Although not as common, the district may call for a three-hour delay if necessary. The most common delay is a two-hour delay.

Please continue to monitor all opening delays, as they could turn into school closings, depending on the weather. Below, please find some frequently asked questions about a two-hour delay. 

What is a two-hour (2) delay?

A two-hour (2) delay is the most common delay that is utilized, so examples are provided using that scenario. For different delays, the information will remain similar, but times would be adjusted to match the delay duration.

On a two-hour (2) delay schedule, all schools and district buildings will open two hours (2) later than they normally would. For example, if your child’s school starts at 8:15am every day, on a two-hour (2) delay schedule, their school will start at 10:15am that day.

School buses will arrive at the regular bus stop two (2) hours later than they normally would. 

Lunches will be served. Dismissal will remain the same. Students should arrive home at the same time as they normally would at the end of the day.

Why is a two-hour (2) delay used?

Although some may enjoy extra time to sleep, a two-hour (2) delay gives additional time for everyone to arrive at school safely. Additional time allows for roads to be cleared, plowed, and salted by local municipalities for safer travel. Additional time also provides more daylight to assist in safe travel. This time also allows for additional time for travel, as vehicles may need to be cleared off, warmed up, and driven more slowly to arrive at school safely. 

Early dismissals:

When the weather becomes severe during the day and driving conditions become unsafe, or when a state of emergency due to road conditions is declared by the state or county law enforcement, the district may consider an early dismissal. Early dismissal decisions take into consideration the magnitude of the transportation operations, the number of buses required to transport students home, and in many instances, the possibility that young students may be going home to an empty house. Typically, the decision is made by mid-morning for an early afternoon dismissal. When an early dismissal is being considered, typically after-school activities are canceled. Early dismissal notifications will be sent using the same methods described for delays and closings.

Early dismissal schedules:

Please refer to the following standard schedule for early dismissals throughout the year, although dismissal times may vary depending on the emergency situation*:

Heritage and South Middle schools, and all NFA campuses - 10:15AM (Tier 1)

GAMS, Meadow Hill, Temple Hill and Vails Gate STEAM Academy – 11:15AM (Tier 2)

Balmville, Fostertown, Gardnertown, Horizons, New Windsor and Pre-K @ GAMS – 12:15PM (Tier 3)

*Dismissal times are approximate. Please contact your child's school building directly if you have questions about your specific school building.

On scheduled early dismissal days, the district offers bag lunches to all students in grades Pre-K-8. High school students are offered breakfast through the end of the last period. 

After-School and Evening Activity Cancellations:

The decision to cancel after-school and evening activities is typically made by mid-day and publicized using the methods described above. If the district is closed for the day, after-school activities and evening classes are typically canceled as well.



Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to provide a safe learning environment for our entire school community. As a parent of school-aged children, I know the difficulties of managing a working schedule with that of my children. I appreciate your understanding and patience as these scenarios arise. 




Dr. J. Manning Campbell
Superintendent of Schools


Previously shared in November 2022. Last updated January 2024. 

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Date: 2024-01-08 06:45:53 AM


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