Cold temperatures forecast for this morning had various effects on local schools Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area in effect through today at 10 a.m. It said temperatures could range from zero to minus 15 degrees. Wind chill readings could be as low as 30 degrees below zero.
Bainbridge-Guilford Central School posted Wednesday on its website that it had already decided on a two-hour delay for today. The school also reminded students to dress warmly and encouraged parents to consider driving students who would otherwise walk to school, or keeping them home “if that’s appropriate.”
At Delaware Academy in Delhi, Superintendent Jason Thomson said he doesn’t expect much of an impact from the weather. Most of the students take the bus or are dropped off at the school.
“We live in upstate New York so people have experience dealing with cold weather,” he said. “Parents know how to limit their children’s exposure to the cold.” That includes having those who take a bus not wait outside longer than necessary. The school has common-sense precautions on its Facebook page and website.
He will be consulting with the school’s transportation director but “we will be making every effort to have school start on time,” he said.
Oneonta City School District Superintendent Joseph Yelich said a decision on whether the cold will disrupt the start of school will be made early this morning after talks with transportation officials and town and city road crews.
Yelich said he’s monitoring several weather services and said: “We have dealt with much colder temperatures than those being called for.” For this time of year, it’s not that extreme, he said. “We will be cautiously monitoring the situation to make the best decision.”