School Closings: How to Know If It's a Snow Day in New York City

How do you find out if your kid's New York City school is closed because of the snow? While NYC public schools close infrequently, private schools and nursery schools close more often and it's important to know whether your child's school will be open before you head out the door. Note: NYC's public schools often don't make the call until the last minute. (Calling might not work if the administrators stayed home, although texting a day care provider might work in a pinch!)

Here are the best resources for finding out if New York City schools are closing for a snow day, as well as ideas for what to do in the event of snowmageddon, like NYC's Top Sledding Hills and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters to do indoors.

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Public School Resources

Email Notifications: The NYC Department of Education lets you sign up for emails that will notify you of important school news, including snow closures. The last time my kids had a snow day, I was notified by email before I woke up. Keep in mind that often the DOE doesn't make a call on school closings until 6am that morning.

Social Media: You can also follow the DOE on Facebook or Twitter and visit the DOE website for the latest weather-related scheduling changes. Most schools now have their own websites and social media accounts, so be sure to follow your school's, too.

Notify NYC: While this citywide service offers text alerts, 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.

Local Media

CBS New York has a frequently updated list of school closures on its website.

NY1 usually has a ticker at the bottom of the screen listing schools that are closed.

On the radio, 1010 Wins is a reliable source for school closing news.

Stuck inside until the blizzard passes? Check out our guide to fun activities to do at home and 25 exercise games to do with kids.

This post, originally published in 2009, is updated annually.

Photo by Anita Gregorio Marsault