School Closings: How to Know If It's a Snow Day in New York City
[UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5] As per the NYC Department of Education, all New York City public schools are open Wednesday, February 5.
While NYC public schools rarely close, private schools and nursery schools close much more often. It's important to be able to find out if your child's school will be open before you head out the door (calling may not work since no one may be there!) Here are the best resources I've found for finding out if New York City schools are closing for a snow day:
The NYC Department of Education lets you sign up for emails that will notify you of important school news, including snow closures. You can also follow the DOE on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the DOE website for the latest weather-related scheduling changes. Another option is to sign up for school alerts at NotifyNYC, but in my experience, it's a great service for alternate side of the street parking suspensions and other citywide alerts, but not always for school closings. Subscribing to the DOE always works though. Last time I got an email before I woke up. Worked great. Often the DOE doesn't decide whether schools will close due to weather until 6am that morning. It can be frustrating not to know, but pestering the DOE via Facebook, Twitter and email doesn't make the decision come any faster, though lots of parents and students seem to enjoy doing it.
1010WINS.com has a desktop app that will pop up a box when your school closes. Of course it seems like by the time that ever came up, my kids had already changed schools and I had forgotten to update the app. It's almost as easy just to go to the 1010WINS site.
NY1 also tends to be on the ball about school closings, and usually has a ticker at the bottom of the screen listing schools that are closed.
And of course since many schools now have their own websites and social media accounts, it's a good idea to go directly to the source.
This post was originally published in 2009.