When School Closes

When School Closes

Dear Parent/Guardian:


This information is being shared with you to explain the procedures Cascades High School will follow in the event of a day with city-wide emergency conditions or a major storm.  The Chancellor will make an announcement to all public schools in the city on whether to close schools or delay their opening.  This announcement is made in consultation with other City officials.  All authorized delayed openings will result in the regular starting time being two hours later.


By 6:00 a.m., the decision will be announced on the 311 Information Line, on the Department of Education website Home Page (which can be accessed at (http://schools.nyc.gov/calendar) and on the following radio stations in the city:  WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM), WABC (770 AM) WLIB (1190), WADO (1280 AM), WBLS (107.5 FM), WNYE (91.5 FM), as well as the following television stations:  WCBS (Channel 2), WNBC (Channel 4), WNYW (Fox Channel 5), WABC (Channel 7), WPIX (Channel 11), Univision Channel 41, and “NY 1” (Channel 1 on cable television).  It may also be posted on the Cascades High School website, at www.Cascadeshs.org.


When there is an authorized city-wide school closing or delayed school opening, the following will be cancelled unless the Chancellor makes an announcement to the contrary:  all field trips, tutoring or test preparation at the start or at the end of the regular school day, and all after-school programs.  Listed below please find the delayed opening bell schedule for Cascades High School:


Pd.       2     10:00 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.

  • 10:35 a.m. – 11:07 a.m.
  • 11:10 a.m. – 11:42 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:17 p.m.
  • 12:20 p.m. – 12:52 p.m.
  • 12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (Lunch Period)
  • 1:47 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • 2:21 p.m. – 2:53 p.m.



It is expected that if school is open, students will be in school until their regular dismissal time. If your child takes a yellow school bus, school staff will remain in school with the bused children until buses arrive for dismissal or until your child is picked up.  However, if the storm or city-wide emergency conditions worsen, the Chancellor may have to announce an early dismissal.  The Chancellor will notify bus services of the earlier dismissal schedule.  You should have plans in place with a friend, neighbor, or relative in case your child is released early and you will not be at home to care for him/her.  Your child should know of this plan.  You should advise your children to inform the teacher if no one is at home at the time of an authorized early dismissal.  Please contact the 311 information line and listen to the radio or television stations listed above for information.


If you have a child with a disability, you should use your discretion in deciding whether to send him or her to school when there is a delayed opening. If your child has medical or other health issues requiring nursing or other services during the school day, including services requiring a nurse or paraprofessional to ride on the bus, you should consider not sending your child to school.  Please be reminded that your child will not be picked up if a nurse or paraprofessional who is required to ride with him or her is not aboard the school bus.


Again, contact the 311 Information Line, access the Department of Education website Home Page at http://schools.nyc.gov/calendar, and listen to the radio or television stations listed above for information.


Thank you for your cooperation.


Paul Rotondo

Superintendent of Transfer High Schools

 *To Download this Letter, Click here: School Closure Letter.pdf