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Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Winter Weather

Dear Hendrick Hudson Families,

With only two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, we know that winter weather is just around the corner. I thought this would be a good time to review our district’s processes regarding weather-related school delays and closures.

First and foremost, our responsibility as a district is to get all of our students to and from school safely, and our decisions are based entirely on your children’s well-being.

Our primary considerations when faced with a winter weather event are the status of our area roadways and the condition of our buildings’ parking lots and walkways. Any decision to delay or close school is made only after careful review of multiple private weather forecasts, specifically tailored to our area, and information gathered from local and regional highway departments.

On days when potentially hazardous weather is either predicted or already taking place outside, the district’s transportation and facilities directors are in contact with me by 4 am.  I also confer with more than 20 local school district leaders via conference call to share information in real time regarding roadways and local forecasts.

We know that schedule changes due to weather conditions are disruptive. However, the safety of our students is paramount. We work with the best information we have at the moment, often making decisions within a very small window of time. If dangerous road conditions are a possibility, we will always choose to exercise extreme caution as we consider getting our more than 2,000 students to or from school.

When we activate our emergency communication system to notify families of delays or closures, we send approximately 4,000 emails and more than 6,000 phone and text messages. This process takes time, so checking the district’s website and social media platforms, as well as local TV coverage, may get you the necessary information faster. Please click here if you need to update any of your contact information on the district’s Parent Portal.

Information regarding school delays and closures can be found on the district website, www.henhudschools.org, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/HenHudSchools, as well as on the radio at WHUD 100.7; and on TV at News 12 (Optimum Cable), Channel 4 (NBC) and Channel 7 (ABC). You may also call 257-5100 for updates on closings or delays.

Regards,

Joseph E. Hochreiter

Superintendent