A reminder about inclement weather and academic instruction decisions for the 2021-22 school year

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Minisink Valley school community:

As a reminder, the district has emergency days built into its calendar for the 2021-22 school year, which are usually used for inclement weather/snow days.

For this calendar year, we plan to follow the traditional practice of closing schools due to wintry weather conditions. As per past practice, we closely monitor several reputable weather forecasting outlets in advance of the anticipated weather. We also consult with and rely on the good, sound professional judgment of our Transportation Department, local highway departments and local law enforcement when assessing current and forecasted road conditions. Safety is always our first concern.

The district is legally required to have 180 instructional days each school year. In the event the district uses all allotted days for inclement weather/snow school closures, days will be pulled back to become instruction days.

The order of the days to be pulled back are:

  • May 27
  • April 18
  • April 11
  • April 12
  • April 13
  • April 14

These days are also listed on the student calendar.

Please keep this in mind if you’re looking to make any travel plans.

Additionally, the district may possibly consider the use of remote instructional days as part of this process to avoid school closures and taking days back, like we did last year. We wanted to alert you to this now should we decide to do this. 

It’s also a good time to be sure to review your plans for your child in the event of opening delays and early dismissals.  You need to be sure your child fully understands these plans as well. Similar to if we need to close school due to weather issues, this information would be communicated via our website, Facebook page, app notification and recorded calls to your home.

We continue to be appreciative of your support of our work to provide the best education possible to your children.


Brian C. Monahan