School Closing Policy Due to Inclement Weather

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York follow the policy of local public schools when closing due to inclement weather, loss of power or other issues.

In addition to following the lead of New York City public schools, Catholic schools in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, may find it necessary to make closure decisions based on local situations. That said, all closure decisions must be approved by the Superintendent of Schools. Schools in Westchester, Putnam and the Upper Counties that rely on public school districts for bus transportation will follow the delayed opening or closing policy of the local district.

Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York utilize the IRIS Alert System to notify parents directly about delayed openings and closures due to weather. Individual schools notify local TV, cable and radio channels directly as soon as a decision to close or delay opening is made.

If you have any question about a particular Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New York, please call the school directly, or check the school’s website.

Emergency Information

Your child’s safety is our highest priority. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have comprehensive policies for dealing with emergency situations. Additionally, each school has a crisis plan that reflects its local needs. Principals, teachers and staff in each building undergo annual training and periodic review of these policies and procedures.

Archdiocesan Catholic elementary schools use the Immediate Response Information System (IRIS) to communicate with parents in emergency situations via home phone, cell phone or e-mail. Independent and private Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York are invited to utilize these services, but may have their own emergency services. Please check with your local school for more information.

Parents are responsible for making sure that their child’s school has accurate, complete and current contact information on file.