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Inclement Weather Policy


The Oceanside Board of Education has approved a “delayed opening” plan in case of inclement weather. A “delayed opening” might occur when it is obvious at 5 am or 6 am that a storm has ended or is about to end, the streets have not yet been satisfactorily cleared, but the roads should be safe for travel within a few hours. By delaying the opening of school by two hours, we would be able to provide instruction to our students rather than close school for the entire day.

A delayed opening would simply open all schools exactly two hours after they would normally open. The afternoon dismissals and bus schedules beyond the first two hours of the day would remain unchanged in all schools.


  Bus PickUp
Begins At:
School Starts
School #6 – Kindergarten 10:55 am 11:30 am*
Schools #2, #3, #4, #5, #8, #9E 9:35 am 10:15 am
Middle School 9:00 am 9:40 am
High School 8:55 am 9:50 am
Oceanside HS Castleton Two hours after regular pick-up 9:50 am

All bus routes will run two hours later than regular pick-up time. Example: If your child’s bus usually arrives at 7:10 am, a delayed opening schedule would mean the bus would arrive at 9:10 am.

*Kindergarten Valet drop-off would begin at 11:10 am.

Breakfast and Morning C.A.R.E.S. programs would be cancelled. 

All Pre-K classes will begin two hours later than usual and students will be dismissed at their regular time.


When weather or emergency requires closing the Oceanside Public Schools, the district will notify parents via our automated telephone contact system, on our web site at and/or via announcements on WCBS radio (880 AM), WINS radio (1010 AM), and News 12 Long Island (Cablevision’s Channel 12).
When schools are closed for inclement weather, the bus company will not transport students to private, parochial and other special schools.