A. I agree, it has certainly been a busy season so far. Each weather situation has its challenges. Our first consideration when making these decisions is the safety of students and staff. When there is a weather event (black ice, snow, mixed precipitation) the morning usually progresses as follows:
- 4:00am - Wake up and and start brewing the coffee.
- 4:00am-4:30am - Review TV, online, and specialized weathers reports developed exclusively for Somers. I also watch doppler radar to see weather patterns in the region. During this time, extensive texting begins (and continues throughout the process) with other area Superintendents.
- 4:30am - Have conference call with Somers Department of Public Works (DPW) to determine road conditions now and later in the morning. My number one question I ask multiple times is "will the roads be safe for busses and students to drive on?"
- 4:45am - Have a conference call with meteorologist. Somers subscribes to a weather service in which a meteorologist provides frequent updates and facilitates a conference call with Somers and other area Superintendents.
- 4:55am - Another call to DPW to get a final report on road conditions.
- 5:00am-5:15am - Make final decision. If there is a closing or delay, I call Somers Administrators who then make contact with the radio and TV stations, bus company, DPW, maintenance and custodial crews, and update online notifications.