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Commack Schools Issue 2-Hour Delay Tuesday

Severe winter weather prompts schools to issue delay.

There will be a two-hour delayed opening Tuesday in the Commack School District due to severe weather predictions, district officials announced Monday night.

All bus stop times will be two hours later than the regularly scheduled times.

"Our concerns include freezing temperatures, icy conditions, potentially late running buses and high school bus stop times that are in the dark.  The delay will allow the Towns more time to salt and buses to function on-time in an effort to assure our students will not be waiting for buses in the dark and extreme cold, or in the case of our high school seniors, driving," Superintendent Donald James said in a district notice.

Morning Wilson technology classes at the high school are canceled, as well as a PTA meeting at the Mandracchia-Sawmill Elementary School.

Dismissal will be at regularly scheduled times.

Temperatures overnight Monday are expected to drop to the lower 20s across most of the Island. Around, 3 a.m. Tuesday,  an icy decline into the mid-teens is predicted over most of Long Island.

The most dramatic drop will be reported heading closer to sunrise; around 6 a.m, temperatures will drop to the upper single digits across the western half of Suffolk, with temps in the lower to mid-teens on the East End.

knee jerk January 06, 2014 at 08:47 PM
The Town of Huntington will need more than an additional 2 hours to salt and sand the roads. Better to close the schools until April and just go right through the summer.
chefcristo January 06, 2014 at 11:05 PM
the huntington town highway dept. leaves EVERYTHING to be desired! smithtown did an outstanding job during the current storm. burr cedar road (town of huntington) remained poorly plowed well into the day after the snow. in contrast, all of, even the tertiary roads in smithtown town, were well plowed and much less treacherous than huntington. huntington, get with it FOR SAFETY SAKE.
knee jerk January 06, 2014 at 11:17 PM
If you read the post in the Smithtown Patch about the plowing effort in that town you would think those roads were never touched. Spoiled arrogant people. They should get out of their homes and drive into Huntington or Crookhaven if they want to make a meaningful comparison.
breetai3 January 06, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Town of Huntington resident and my street was not plowed until 11AM. Had a fully shoveled driveway and still had to wait until they came through so I could go to work. As a former Town of Oyster Bay resident they would have been through 3 times already.
Dommy77 January 07, 2014 at 01:30 AM
Between Cedar and Clay Pitts was plowed maybe once, my block off of Clay PItts had a layer of snow/ICE cover until it melted last night. Pathetic snow removal in this town of Huntington.
Enough Is Enough January 07, 2014 at 08:03 AM
So let me get this straight, they delayed the school openings because it's January in New York and its cold out? WIll it be any lighter at the bus stops the rest of this week? What melts when it's 9 degrees out? Salt doesn't work when it's that cold. Educrats running wild, as usual.
knee jerk January 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Look at the flip side of the 2hr delayed school opening. Many people who put their kids on the bus and then go to work will now also be 2 hrs late and probably docked the 2 hrs. Unless of course they are school employees who will get paid for those 2 hrs anyway. It's a win/win for the employees of CUFSD.
Enough Is Enough January 07, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Spot on knee-jerk. We just burned through all our time off to cover the two week Christmas break, and now it's a two hour delay, but sure as the sun rises, the school workers will get a full day's pay. It's such a joke it makes me sick. Delayed opening because it's cold in January, what's next?
knee jerk January 07, 2014 at 10:00 AM
@Enough is Enough: I don't know what's next, but I'm sure they'll find something.
breetai3 January 07, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I am frankly tired of school districts across Long Island pretending that we still live in the 60s and that there is always a parent at home that can account for all of these days off and last minute schedule changes. It is way past time for districts to join the rest of us in 2013 where both parents work and can no longer coddle districts and their schedules.
knee jerk January 07, 2014 at 05:34 PM
When the districts pull a last minute stunt like this they should have alternate options posted also. For instance, have the school open at the previously "normal" time so parents who work can possibly drop off their children and maybe get to work on time themselves.
Enough Is Enough January 07, 2014 at 05:49 PM
The educrats don;t care if parents have to work, they are concerned with themselves and their own greed and needs that's all. I guess the genius who made this decision doesn't realize in New York it gets cold in January.
knee jerk January 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM
@Enough is Enough: I would guess that depends on which department the "genius" who made this decision is from. Phys Ed, Math ,English, Social Studies (although there is that clue from the famous picture of "Washington Crossing The Delaware") probably not. He would more likely have to be from the Science Dept to know it gets cold in January in New York.

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