The District uses any or all of the following media to contact the community:
• Cable TV channels: Comcast 28 & Verizon 36Therefore depending on the situation, we have numerous tools at our disposal to keep our community well informed.
eAlerts - Email and Text Messages
eAlerts are sent to individuals who have subscribed to this service. Parents and members of the community can subscribe to receive emails only, or both email and text messages if they provide their cellular telephone number. Email messages are free, text messages may invoke a charge from your cellular provider. The messages provide parents and the community with information that the District wishes to bring to their attention. Most of the time this information will be sent as an email, however in the event of an emergency notifications will be sent as a cellular text message and an email. You may subscribe/unsubscribe at any time.
eAlert Email - Have School Closing and Other Announcements Sent Directly to Your E-Mail Address and Receive the First Word on School Closings, Delayed Openings or Early Dismissal Announcements.
To subscribe to the CSD eAlert:
eAlert Text Message Option
Upon receipt of your notification (see above), you can edit you account settings and indicate that you want to also receive text messages. There will be a field to enter you cell phone number and a check box to indicate if you want to only receive emergency text messages (answer "Yes") or all text messages (answer "No").
If you wish to subscribe to any section eAlerts (teacher pages, School Board pages, etc):
How am I notified of school closings?
Announcements of school closings will be made on KYW (1060 AM). The radio stations identify school districts by name and/or by specific numbers. Centennial’s school closing # is 753. When schools open late, 753 will be announced along with details on the delayed opening.
Our local TV news stations (Channels 3, 6, 10, and 29 ) show school closings on the bottom of the TV screen. Information is also posted on the websites for Channel 10 at www.NBC10.com and Channel 6 at www.WPVI.com.
In addition, information will be posted on:
eAlerts - If you subscribe to the eAlert system (see above), whenever a closing announcement is made, a copy will be e-mailed to the address you provided when you registered for eAlerts.
Who makes the decision to close schools?
Every effort is made to arrive at a decision by 5 AM. This early decision making enables the District to notify radio and television stations, initiate District phone chains, and post school status on the website as well as the District cable station (Verizon Channel 36 and Comcast Channel 28).
What are the procedures for delayed opening?
Essentially, the same procedures are followed in making the decision to delay the opening of school. In some cases, weather conditions are such that hazardous weather will appreciably improve, and, with a delay of 2 hours, we are able to safely transport our children to school.
Notification of a delayed opening will be communicated in the same manner as a school closing. Buses will arrive at bus stops 2 hours later than usual and school will begin 2 hours later than usual.
In the event that the opening of school is delayed, the radio stations will announce that a 2-hour delay is enacted and identify the district either by name or by our three-digit number (753).
The students’ schedule for delayed openings will be as follows:
What if school is dismissed early?
Every effort is made to reach a decision on early dismissal prior to 10 AM in order to transport youngsters over our 17 square miles in a timely manner. We also make every attempt to serve lunch prior to dismissal. Should an early dismissal be called, the high school students are released first, middle school students second, and the elementary students LAST. This enables older students to be home to care for younger siblings.
When the decision is made to close schools early, all AM Kindergarten classes are dismissed at 11:00 AM. PM Kindergarten classes will be cancelled.
EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE*
*Times might vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.
|Are late activities and other events cancelled when school is closed?|
In the event of school closings or early dismissal, all after-school and night activities are cancelled. This includes non-school-sponsored activities scheduled in our schools.
What can I do to prepare my children for these situations?
Certainly review with your youngster(s) home safely considerations and your personal expectations.
What happens to non-public bus service in the event of school closing/early dismissal?
Non public schools will not be provided bus service when Centennial Schools are closed.