Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Mark B. Kruzynski
Secretary to the Superintendent/District Clerk:
Ms. Julie Kuhn
As I write this, the nights are getting colder, and the days are getting shorter. There may be times when we need to adjust the school day or close school. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the process of closing or delaying school.
We take the closing of school very seriously, and we take many different factors into account when deciding to close school. We look at multiple weather forecasts, temperature forecasts, and updates from county emergency management systems. Our Director of Transportation, Mr. Mark Klotzbach, drives on many of the roads throughout the district to accurately judge how our busses will perform in inclement weather. Our Director of Facilities, Mr. Kevin Czaja, will ensure that if we open, the campus will be cleared of snow and ice.
The decision to close school for the school day will be made as early as possible. If it is possible to make the decision the night before, I will do so, but if that is not possible, I will always do my best to make the decision by 5:30 AM, so that parents can work on finding alternate child care arrangements if needed. If school is closed for the day, all athletic and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled for the day. For weekend extracurricular and athletic events, a decision will be made, and parents and students will be contacted directly by the coach or advisor. Additionally, it may be necessary to cancel after school activities. That decision will be made before students leave for the day, and will be announced at school, as well as through our “all call” system.
To let everyone know about school closings, the school will communicate with the community in the following ways:
- Using our “all call” system to announce closings, time adjustments of school, and after school cancellations.
- Our website - www.medinacsd.org
- Orleans Hub
- Twitter - @MedinaCSD
- Buffalo Channel 2, 4, 7
- Rochester Channel 8, 10, 13
- Spectrum Cable
- WBEN 930 AM
- The Batavia Daily News
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Please be sure that your contact information is up to date with the school, so that you will receive the all-calls.
Sometimes, weather conditions and forecasts provide significant assurance school will be able to open two hours after the usual time. In this case, it may be necessary to implement a “two hour delay”.
In the event of a two hour delay, the following steps will be taken:
- The start of school will be delayed by two hours
- Busses will start their runs two hours later than usual, with pick-ups planned two hours later than usual
- Morning BOCES Vocational/Technical students will remain at the high school
- Dismissal times remain unchanged during a delay
- Breakfast will not be served
Please note, a two hour delay will not be used to “buy time” to see if conditions improve.
New York State Education Department law requires a minimum of 180 days of instruction. This year, the district has built in seven emergency closing days. If we use those seven days for cancellations, it may be necessary to adjust the calendar using scheduled recess days in order to meet the 180 days requirement.
Ultimately, parents make the decision on whether or not to send a child to school. If you feel that it is unsafe to send your child to school, the district will respect your decision.
Additionally, please remind children to be alert for vehicles on the road at this time of year. Falling snow, potential slick spots, and mounds of snow require those driving, walking, or waiting for a bus be more alert and take extra care at this time of the year.
We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Have a safe and happy winter season!
Mark B. Kruzynski, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools