Clarkstown Schools Dismiss Early Monday

Clarkstown North and South high schools will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. Monday due to the snow in the forecast for today. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Felix Festa Middle School will dismiss at 12 p.m.


The snow started falling early Monday in Rockland County, with local school districts responding by closing early.

The Clarkstown district notified parents and guardians around 9 a.m. of its decision. All after school activities, including the JCCY and the YMCA are cancelled. At 10:30 a.m. North and South high schools will dismiss. At 11 a.m. the following elementary schools will dismiss: Congers, Laurel Plains, Link, New City, Strawtown and Birchwood. At 11:30 these elementary schools will be dismissed: Bardonia, Lakewood, Little Tor, West Nyack and Woodglen. At 12 p.m. Felix Festa Middle School will be dismissed.

The National Weather Service is calling for a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet from the morning through 3 p.m. with an accumulation of less than an inch of snow and "little or no ice."

Other Rockland school districts including Nanuet, Nyack, South Orangetown and Pearl River have made similar announcements. 

ADK January 28, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I'm with Jacqueline in this one... We live in NY, not Texas... This is normal weather for winter. Are we expected to close EVERY time it might snow a little? Kids missed a week of school due to Sandy(understandable ) . Do education days just not matter anymore? This may meet the letter of the law relative to the mandatory number of school days, but certainly not the spirit if the law relative to learning time.
frankie g January 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Yet another early dismissal. How many are there every school year, planned and unplanned ? all to meet the state regulation of 180 days. You just had one on Jan. 11th. What can be taught in a couple of hours. The school year educational value is only getting diminished while the costs keep rising. No sooner do you pick these kids up, your back driving them home. What are the daily costs to taxpayers for this waste ? Cancel the day and let a full day of education take place on another day. We deserve the most bang for these big bucks we are shelling out
Jacqueline Russo January 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
My daughter told me she heard an announcement at 7:45 AM that her school would be closing early. (She goes to North) I then asked her if she learned anything today and she told me that her teachers just let her use her phone all during class because the teachers weren't going to teach anything new.
frankie g January 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM
And there is the damning testimony right there. Thank-you Jacqueline for sharing the truth. These kids are getting short changed . I wouldn't be surprised that this perk may be included in the teachers contract, to have so many half days every year.
bpositive January 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Wow.. My kids at FFMS told me that they worked all three periods. Because the classes were extended, my kids teachers did extra review for upcoming tests. I was thankful that Clarkstown made the decision to close early as the weather predicted bad road conditions. I would rather have my kids study safely at home, why take a chance. God forbid there was an accident because they waited... I am sure they would be scolded for that as well. You can't make everyone happy...but safety first!


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