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Communication with Caregivers


In the event of an emergency closing or delay, the Ithaca City School District may communicate with caregivers via an automated telephone, email, or text messagePlease confirm that your contact information in SchoolTool is accurate and up-to-date. Contact your child's school secretary if your information needs to be corrected or updated.
 
Additionally, up-to-date information on school closings and delays will be posted on our district website, as well as to our Twitter and Facebook feeds. The following local radio and television stations will also have information on closings:
  • Cayuga Radio Group
    • WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM)
    • WYXL-FM / Lite Rock (97.3 FM)
    • WYXL-HD2 / 96.7 The Vine (96.7 FM)
    • WYXL-HD/3 / The Buzzer (96.3 FM)
    • WQNY-FM / Q Country (103.7 FM)
    • WQNY-HD3 / Alt 95.9 (95.9 FM)
    • WNYY AM/FM / Pure Oldies (1470 AM / 94.1 FM)
    • WIII-FM / I100 Iconic Rock (99.9/100.3 FM)
    • WFIZ-FM / Z95.5 (95.5 FM)
    • WFIZ-HD2 / Rewind (107.7 FM)
  • WVBR-FM (93.5 FM)
  • WICB-FM (91.7 FM)
  • WWLZ (820 AM – Elmira-Corning)
  • WBNG-TV / 12 News
  • WENY-TV / ABC 36 (Elmira)
  • WSYR-TV / News Channel 9
  • CNY Central / NBC 3 & CW6
 

Two-Hour Delay Procedure


Parents are encouraged to develop a plan for delayed start days so that their children may safely remain at home for an additional two hours.

In the event that a two-hour delay is activated, the following procedures will be followed:
  • The district will contact local news and radio stations to report the delayed start, and will send notice to caregivers via SchoolMessenger. Notices will also be posted on the district website and Facebook and Twitter feeds.
  • All bus routes will be delayed by exactly two hours (i.e. if your bus stop is normally at 8:37 a.m., it will be at 10:37 a.m. on delayed start days).
  • All schools will start exactly two hours later than normal. Elementary students should arrive at school between 9:40 and 10:00 a.m.
  • Secondary school doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Students will follow a condensed bell schedule for all scheduled classes. There will be no zero period at Ithaca High School on delayed start days.
  • Pre-k classes will NOT be held if a two-hour delay occurs on a Friday. This does not apply to 12:45 p.m. dismissal classes.
  • Simple breakfasts will be available to students when schools open, and regular lunches will be served at modified times.
  • Schools will be dismissed at their normal times at the end of the school day.
  • If conditions do not improve within two hours classes may be canceled for the entire day, and the same methods of notification outlined above will be followed.
 
For additional information on emergency closings and other school emergencies, please view the Ithaca City School District School Safety Plan