What you need to know about Rhinebeck Central School District snow days

As of Wednesday, January 28, 2009, the Rhinebeck Central School District has used five (5) of the five (5) emergency closing days planned as part of the 2008-2009 school district calendar.

The first two emergency closing days were used on Thursday, December 11, 2008 and Friday, December 12, 2008 due to icy roads from freezing rain and the subsequent impassable roads due to widespread damage to trees and power lines, as well as power outages throughout the area from the ice storm. The third emergency closing day was used on Friday, December 19, 2008 as a result of the first significant snowstorm of the season. The fourth emergency closing day was needed on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 due to inclement weather and hazardous travel due to sleet and ice. The fifth emergency closing day was used on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 due to inclement weather and hazardous travel as well due to a mixture of winter weather conditions.

Please note that, contrary to popular rumor, the emergency closing day used on Friday, December 12, 2008 is not waived by the State Education Department because the Town of Rhinebeck declared a state of emergency. Regardless of a municipal declaration of a state of emergency, any full day school closing, regardless of the reason, counts against the number of emergency closing days planned for annually by a school district.

As outlined on the school district’s Board-approved 2008-2009 school calendar, in the event that more than five (5) emergency closing days are needed, additional days will be made up, in the following order, on Monday, April 13, 2009, Monday, April 6, 2009, Tuesday, April 7, 2009, and Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Please plan personal schedules accordingly.

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