Information about closings and delays for the 2020-21 school year

Dear families,

Looking ahead to winter weather, the Queensbury Union Free School District wants students, staff and families to know how the district will handle weather-related closures and delays in the 2020-21 school year.

Weather-related closures

As in past years, schools will be closed when snow or poor road conditions make travel difficult or impossible. There will be no classes — in-person or virtual — on these snow days.

“We know that this has been a challenging year for everyone. Of all the things that have been canceled due to the pandemic, here at QUFSD, snow days will not be one of the things added to that list! We want our students to still be able to experience the magic of a snow day,” said Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon.

In the event of a snow day, the letter/number day would carry over to the next day school is in session (for grades 6-12). For example, if there is a snow day on a B1 day, the next school day would be a B1 day.

However, if there are more snow days used this winter than the academic calendar allows, it may become necessary to use these days for virtual instruction to not extend the end of the school year. If the district does exceed its allotted number of snow days, families would be notified in advance that subsequent snow days will include virtual instruction.

Weather-related delays

QES

  • 1 hour delay arrival time is 9:45-10:05 a.m.
  • 2 hour delay arrival time is 10:45-11:05 a.m.

All fully remote students (grades K-3) would login to their Google Classroom for the schedule for the day. Their first scheduled synchronous time will begin two hours later than a typical day.

WHBI

  • 1 hour delay arrival time is 9 a.m.
  • 2 hour delay arrival time is 10 a.m.

All fully remote students (grades 4-5) would login with their homeroom teacher at the arrival time listed above.

QMS

  • 1 hour delay arrival time is 9:10 a.m. (doors open at 8:50 a.m.)
  • 2 hour delay arrival time is 10:10 a.m. (doors open at 9:50 a.m.)

All hybrid students in grades 7-8 should login to their first block at the arrival time listed above. Students will attend all classes on a condensed schedule, as in years past on a day there is a delay. All fully remote students (grades 6-8) would login to their first class at the arrival time listed above.

QHS

  • 1 hour delay arrival time is 8:30 a.m.
  • 2 hour delay arrival time is 9:30 a.m.

All hybrid students in grades 9-12 should login to their first block at the arrival time listed above. Students will attend all classes on a condensed schedule, as in years past on a day there is a delay. All fully remote students (grades 9-12) would login to their first class at the arrival time listed above.

Food service

In the event of a delayed start, breakfast will be offered and there will be no changes to lunch.

In the event the district closes on a food delivery day, (for remote learners) meals would be pushed to the next day.

How QUFSD communicates weather-related delays or closures

Cancellations, delays or early dismissals are posted on the school district’s website, right on the homepage of our website.

School closings are also announced local TV and radio stations. We will also post closings and delays on the district’s Twitter page. This information will no longer be posted on Facebook.

For district parents, closing information will be sent directly to you via email using SchoolMessenger. If you have opted in to receive SMS text messaging through School Messenger, you will also receive a text message. For more information, visit our SchoolMessenger web page.

Parents who need to update their contact information should email or call their building secretary.

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district’s ability to send electronic notifications.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools