Several school districts delay opening on Thursday morning due to extreme cold in the forecast

January 7, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Extreme cold and significant wind chill effects in the forecast for Thursday morning have prompted several school districts in the Ithaca area to announce delayed openings as of this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory that's in effect until 10am Thursday. Temperatures in the morning will range from a few degrees below to a few degrees above zero, and gusts up to 35mph will produce a wind chill effect that makes it feel like 20 below.

Update: The Ithaca City School District originally issued a cold-weather bus advisory, but has decided to delay the start of school by two hours. Students who can see their bus stops from their homes should stay inside until they see the bus coming, under a cold-weather advisory. 

Under a cold-weather bus advisory, Ithaca High School and Boynton buses will make extra stops downtown at about 8:35am (or about two hours later with the delay), at Tompkins County Library, Southside Community Center, and 3rd and Hancock Streets. DeWitt buses will also pick up at Salem and Birchwood Drive North, and Winston Court and the Walkway, at about 8:45am (or about two hours later with the delay). ICSD school buses may run 2-3 minutes behind schedule due to these changes.

The following school districts are also opening on a two-hour delay on Thursday:

  • Dryden Central School District (no morning BOCES)
  • Lansing Central School District
  • Trumansburg Central School District
  • Groton Central School District
  • Newfield Central School District (no pre-K, nursery school, or before-school care)
  • Watkins Glen Central School District
  • Odessa-Montour Central School District

Southern Cayuga Central School District is opening on a one-hour delay on Thursday.

Trumansburg Central School District says all after-school and evening activities are going ahead as planned, except for elementary school ski club, which has been canceled.

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