South Orangetown Central School District

Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

Students’ safety and welfare is the District’s primary concern at all times.

The decision to close or delay school opening is made by 5:30am. Determinations are made according to conditions within the district. If weather conditions worsen or other situations arise during the school day, an early dismissal decision may be made.

Notifications for closings, delays and early dismissals are sent to staff and families via SchoolMessenger phone and email messages, posted on the District homepage. They are also posted on the district Facebook (@southorangetowncsd) and Twitter (@southorangetown) feeds and submitted to the following media outlets:

  • Radio: WCBS/880 AM, WFAS/94.3 FM & 1230 AM, WLNA/1420 AM and WHUD/100.7 FM
  • Television: News12 and FIOS1

Families are strongly encouraged to have a family emergency plan in place in the event that school is delayed, canceled or dismissed early. 

Delayed Opening

Morning buses arrive two hours later than their regularly scheduled time. Schools open as follows:

  • SOMS & TZHS: 10:15am
  • WOS & CLE: 11:15am

No breakfast, but lunch is served. Elementary school parents are encouraged to ask their children to let their teachers know if they need a snack on days when breakfast is not served.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissals may be scheduled (e.g., Superintendent’s Conference Days) or called in anticipation of inclement weather. After-school activities, Continuing Education classes, and the YMCA program are canceled. Students are bused to their regular afternoon stops, including alternate sites. Students who would normally attend afternoon YMCA program are bused home. Students are dismissed as follows:

  • SOMS & TZHS: 11:15am
  • WOS & CLE: 12:15pm

Breakfast, but no lunch, is served. 

NOTE: If the district is notified by a child care provider that they are closing due to inclement weather, those students will be bused directly home.

Emergency Dismissal

Students in one or more buildings may be dismissed early due to an emergency (e.g., water main break that impacts the schools). If students may not be dismissed at the standard Early Dismissal time, all busing-eligible students are bused home.