Emergency Procedures


Emergency Notification System

When the Superintendent or his designee determines that a condition exists that warrants a school closing, delayed opening, or early dismissal, parents, faculty, and staff will be notified through the ParentLink System. Information can also be obtained by viewing the district Web site, listening to TV and radio stations, or calling a school Emergency Telephone Number.

ParentLink is an emergency notification system that allows the district to contact parents, faculty, and staff (by phone and/or e-mail) in a short period of time.

The District Web site (
greatneck.k12.ny.us) will display emergency announcements scrolling across the bottom of the home page. School bus information will be posted as a Transportation Alert link near the top of the home page. When this link is activated, words will blink red.

Radio Stations: FM: 97.5 (WALK) 98.3 (WKJY) 102.3 (WBAB) 106.1 (WBLI) AM: 1010 (WINS) 1100 (WHLI)

TV Channels: Cablevision: 12 (News12 Long Island) 75 (GNPS/TV75&emdash;for households in the incorporated villages) Network: 5 (Fox)

Emergency Telephone Numbers: If emergency conditions prevail, every attempt will be made to activate a taped message on the school emergency number.

Telephone Number
PreK and Lakeville Kindergarten at Parkville
Saddle Rock
North Middle
South Middle
North High
South High
Village School
SEAL Academy
Adult Program

Emergency School Closings

Emergency School Closings are made by the Superintendent based on police reports on road conditions from local villages and Nassau County, area weather reports and local weather conditions, checks of road conditions by school personnel, and recommendations of the bus company serving the district. The decision is made by 6 a.m.

Delayed Openings
Delayed Openings delay the opening of school by one or two hours. The delayed school opening schedule is as follows:


1-Hour Delay
2-Hour Delay
Pre-K Morning
10:20 a.m.
no classes
Pre-K full day
10:20 a.m.
11:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m.
11:20 a.m.
9:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.

A delayed school opening means bus schedules will also be delayed one or two hours. For example, if your child's bus is normally scheduled to arrive at 7:54 a.m., a 1-hour delay will change it to 8:54 a.m.; a 2-hour delay, to 9:54 a.m. The breakfast program will not be available when there is a delayed opening. A delayed opening is subject to change if the weather and/or road conditions remain hazardous. The Superintendent retains the option to issue a subsequent order directing a school closing when the potential for a hazardous situation exists.

Early Dismissals
Early Dismissals are considered when there is a weather forecast predicting weather conditions that may result in traffic problems at regular school dismissal times. The time of day an alert is announced and the availability of school buses will determine whether early dismissal is possible. The Superintendent will decide if a regular order of dismissal (high schools, middle schools, elementary schools) or a reversed order will take place. If the regular order of dismissal is followed, every effort will be made to set up an earlier bus schedule that will allow additional time to transport high school and middle school students and have the buses arrive at the elementary schools just before or at the regular dismissal time. An elementary-school child will not be released early if we are not able to reach the parent or person listed on the Emergency School Closing card. For safety, be assured that, if we don't reach you, your child will remain in our care in school until we are in touch with you or your designee, even if it is after the regular dismissal time. Each non-public school must make its own decision on an early dismissal. Bus service will depend on availability of drivers and dismissal time requested by schools. The Transportation Office of the Great Neck Public Schools (441-4060) will coordinate bus arrangements for the North Shore Hebrew Academy, Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Long Island Hebrew Academy, Silverstein Hebrew Academy, and Yeshiva Ohr Haiim. When there is early dismissal in the Great Neck Public Schools, CLASP will be closed.