Please note: schools will be OPEN on Thursday, March 22.
Due to severe weather conditions, New York City public schools are closed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. School-based staff should not report to work on March 21. Please note the following additional information concerning DOE staff and reporting requirements.
Employees whose work assignment is in a school (e.g. Single Shepherd and Universal Literacy Coaches) should not report to work. (Custodians, custodial staff and Early Childhood Social Workers, see Additional Notes below.)
For staff who normally report to central and field offices:
While schools are closed, central and field offices remain open, including those offices which are located in school buildings. All central and field office staff should report to work or utilize annual leave.
CSA central and field employees (Education Administrators, Principals Assigned, Assistant Principals Assigned and Directors of Early Childhood Education) must report either to their regular work locations or to the alternate work location they chose in response to the recent Alternate Work Location Survey. CSA central and field office employees who cannot report to their work location on days schools are closed by the Chancellor may use Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR) days. CSA “Supervisors of” (Speech, Psychology, etc.) do not report to work when schools are closed.
Safety should be your highest consideration in deciding whether or not to report to work. All staff should use caution in determining whether to report to work if the weather is bad. If you do not have annual leave days in your bank, advancement of annual leave will be authorized to prevent payroll deductions due to the storm. Lateness caused by unforeseen transportation circumstances beyond the ability of the employee to control will be excused with no charge to leave balances.
- All custodians and custodial staff take direction from the Division of School Facilities regarding reporting to work on days when schools are closed due to inclement weather.
- Early Childhood Social Workers who work for the Division of Early Childhood Education, a central division, must either report to work or take a day from their Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR). When reporting to work, Early Childhood SWs should go to their DECE field office or an alternate DOE work site, if they have arranged with their supervisor to do so.
- If schools are closed, please remember that family workers, school aides and hourly school food workers are paid for the day as are all annual school based staff.
- F status employees who were scheduled to work will be paid if schools are closed.
- Per diem substitute teachers/consultants are not entitled to be paid for the day if school is closed.
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- When you are in immediate danger or witness a crime in progress.
- For a serious injury or medical condition.
- Any other situation needing urgent attention.
Do NOT call 911 for non-emergencies or to report a power outage (to allow telephone capacity for emergency calls). Call 311 (TTY 212-504-4115):
Emergency Telephone Tips:
- When you need access to non-emergency services or information about City government programs. You can also contact 311 online.
- Do NOT call 311 for emergencies.
- If you call 911, specify the type of emergency (fire, medical, police) and be prepared to answer questions.
- During a medical emergency, turn a light on so that emergency responders can find your home.
- During emergencies, please use the telephone only when absolutely necessary to keep the lines free for emergency calls. If you have broadband Internet access, use NYC.gov.
If the 911 system becomes unavailable for any reason, call the fire department dispatcher and emergency medical service
or your local police precinct
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