The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District is comprised of 144 square miles that includes ten towns in four counties. Weather conditions vary widely throughout our school district. The decision to close or delay school is typically made by 5:30 AM and is based upon the advice of the highway departments and road crews. If you believe the road conditions where you live are too hazardous for travel it is your prerogative to keep your child home for the day; it is a valid excuse. The decision to close or delay school is based on the district in its entirety, not on a specific road or area.  

The primary consideration in a school closing is the safety of students. Factors relevant to safety include icy roads, reduced visibility, drifting snow, chill factor, flooding, high wind and mechanical and health hazards at the school. 

In the event that school is closed,there is a delayed opening or early dismissal because of an emergency, the district will use its SchoolMessenger system to contact parents via telephone and email. If you have not yet provided your contact information, please notify your child's building office to be added to our notification system. In addition,the following radio and TV stations will broadcast the announcement no later than 7:00 AM:

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Television stations: News 10 NOW YNN-TV, WBNG-TV, WETM-TV, WENY-TV, WICZ-TV, WIVT/WBGH-TV, WSYR 9-TV.

FM Radio stations: WAAL (99.1), WAVR (102.1)WEBO (101.3), WENY (92.7), WHCU (97.3), WHGL (102.9), WICB (91.7)WINK (106.1), WLTB (101.7), WMRV (105.7), WMXW (103.3), WQNY (103.7), WVBR (93.5), WYXL (97.3).

AM Radio stations: WATS (960), WELM (1410), WHWK (1290), WKOP (1360), WNBF (1280), WPIE (1160), WTKO (1470).


In the event of a one-hour (or two-hour) delayed school opening, buses will arrive at stops one hour (or two hours) later and school will begin one hour (or two hours) later than usual.

PLEASE DO NOT try to call your child's school or the bus garage to determine whether or not schools are closed or on a delayed schedule. Instead, tune in to one of the above-listed television or radio stations for up-to-date information.