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 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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