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Emergency Closings


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 message. To ensure you receive communications from the district and your child(ren)'s school(s), please verify that your contact information in SchoolTool is correct and that you are set up to receive mail. Instructions for doing so can be found on our Parent/Caregiver Communications page.

Additionally, up-to-date information on school closings and delays will be posted on our district website, as well as on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. The following local media 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)
  • Seven Mountains Media Group
    • WWLZ (820 AM)
    • WINK 106
    • WINGZ 93
    • 104.9 FM
    • 101.7 JAMZ
    • 101 The Met
    • 103.1/840 AM Bigfoot Country
  • WENY-TV (Elmira)
  • CNYCentral
  • News Channel 9

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 on our social media 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.
  • Students will follow a condensed bell schedule for all scheduled classes. There will be no Zero Period at Ithaca High School, Boynton, or DeWitt on delayed start days. (View IHS' bell schedules here >>)
  • 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