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Emergency Telephone Notification System/School Closings

 

In addition to the traditional school closing information broadcast on local television/radio stations and posted on this web site, South Colonie Schools has instituted a Parent Emergency Telephone Notification System.

Blackboard Connect provides direct automatic phone communications to parents and guardians in the event of an unexpected early dismissal, weather delays and cancellations, notifications of school emergencies and specific community outreach messages.

The success of this notification system depends upon the district's system calling the correct phone numbers in order of priority. Please make sure your child's school has this information updated regularly each school year, when you purchase a new cell phone, if you move, if you change daycare providers, etc.

The first phone number on the priority list will be used as the primary emergency contact phone number. Then, if additional numbers are available and are made available to our database, the system will also contact those numbers. If there are parents/guardians living in separate locations, please include the phone numbers for them as the additional contact numbers.

While this system offer numerous advantages, it however, CANNOT dial extension numbers. Therefore, please use a number that will directly reach you.

Get school closing text alerts on your mobile phone or PDA (beta)

Sign up with the Times Union service to receive text alerts on your mobile phone or PDA whenever South Colonie Schools report a closing or early dismissal to the School Closings Network, a local non-profit cooperative that provides school-closing information to radio, TV and newspapers. To sign up, click here.

Emergency closing information is provided to the following local TV stations:

WRGB (Channel 6)

WTEN (Channel 10)

WNYT (Channel 13)

Fox News (Channel 23)

YNN - Capital News 9 (Channel 9)

The district also notifies the following radio stations:

WGY (810 AM)

WTRY (980 AM)

WFLY (92.3 FM)

WGNA (1460 AM)

WROW (590 AM)

WPTR (1540 AM)

WQBK (1300 AM)

WPYX (106 FM)