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Schenectady schools plan to hold virtual instruction Thursday – even in the snow

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Schenectady schools will hold virtual instruction for all students Thursday regardless of weather conditions, the district announced Wednesday.

The Greater Amsterdam School District, on the other hand, was planning for a snow day with no virtual or in-person instruction as other districts announced students on Thursday would be granted a “regular” or “traditional” snow day.

Districts across the Capital Region have outlined plans for mixed approaches to the inclement weather forecasted for Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Some have promised snow days – at least during the initial snowstorms of the season – while others have detailed plans to maintain all-virtual instruction on days weather forces school buildings and offices to close. 

The district announced the planned virtual school day Wednesday morning, in advance of the storm forecast to bring as much as a foot or more of snow to Schenectady. The entire district will be operating remotely other than operations and maintenance staff, Corona said. 

Schenectady spokesperson Karen Corona on Wednesday highlighted the district’s use of two of emergency days in the fall when a wind storm knocked power out across the city. She said the district did not want to be in a position of cutting spring break days to meet state requirements.

“The last thing we want to have to do is cut into spring recess to make up a day,” she said. “We are airing on the side of caution and declared it today so that we can give staff and families time to prepare.”

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