Most area schools delayed or closed on Thursday morning due to poor road conditions

December 11, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

After a night of snow, most school districts in the Ithaca area are opening on a two-hour delay, with some deciding before daybreak to close entirely on Thursday morning. Ithaca City School District is among those on a two-hour delay.

Dryden Central School District, which was originally on a two-hour delay, is now closed for the day due to poor road conditions and drifting snow, according to superintendent of schools Sandy Sherwood. Trumansburg Central School District grades K-4 have no school today. Corning Painted Post Area School District is closed for the day.

The following are all on a two-hour delay:

  • Ithaca City School District
  • Trumansburg Central School District
  • Lansing Central School District
  • Watkins Glen Central School District 
  • Odessa Montour Central School District 
  • Groton Central School District
  • Newfield Central School District
  • Cortland City School District
  • Tioga Central School District
  • Whitney Point Central School District
  • Newark Valley Central School District
  • Candor Central School District
  • Union-Endicott Central School District
  • Ithaca Community Childcare

Tompkins Cortland Community College, or TC3, is opening at 10am.

The Ithaca City School District says their two-hour delay procedure includes buses stopping exactly two hours after their scheduled time, and all schools starting two hours later than normal. Secondary school doors will open at 10:30am, and elementary students should arrive between 9:40am and 10am. Students will follow a condensed bell schedule of all scheduled classes. A simple breakfast will be available when students arrive, and lunch will be served at regular times. 

Regional Access says food deliveries to some customers will be delayed through Friday this week, and the Ithaca Journal says newspaper delivery delay can be expected today.

The City of Ithaca reminds area homeowners and businesses that they must shovel the full width of paved sidewalk on their property within 24 hours of the start of snowfall, or the City may have it done at the owner's expense. Please clear snow thoroughly so everyone can get around.

And the Ithaca Fire Department asks everyone to shovel out fire hydrants near their homes and businesses so they can be seen and accessed if they're needed.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 7am, but snow is tapering off and crews should be able to clear roads in time for most of us to get to work and for schools to open late. Snow showers are expected off and on for much of Thursday, but further accumulation will be minimal.

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