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Delayed opening & Emergency closing

We want to be organized and prepared in the event of snowstorms and the possibility of early dismissals, delayed openings and emergency closings. We have developed the following procedure to ensure smooth and efficient communication. Most frequently, our emergency phone chain is used to close or delay opening due to bad weather. However, there are a number of events that could make it necessary for us to cancel care at Oak Lane. For example, we are not allowed to operate if electric, water or telephone service is interrupted.

The Phone Chain

We use an automated phone chain service called One Call Now. The phone chain is usually activated first thing in the morning for emergency closings and delayed openings and is initiated by Ronnie, usually around 6:00 a.m. Emails are sent as well.

  • We need to maintain updated phone lists. If your phone contact information changes, please be sure to let the office know ASAP.

Our Website

In addition, barring electrical failure which would prevent us from accessing our site, the delay/closing will be listed on our own website on the Calendar page.

Channel 12 news

For those of you who get cable TV via Cablevision, our closings are also carried on Channel 12 news.

Early Dismissal

In cases where Oak Lane needs to close once the day has already begun, EARLY DISMISSAL CALLS will be initiated by Ronnie and Therese in the office to the parent’s home, work and cell phone numbers listed on the child's emergency cards. Please be sure we have current work/home phone numbers including alternate numbers (cell phone, beeper, secretary) where you may be reached. Also, please remember that if you are going to be away from your place of work you need to let your head teacher and the office know how to reach you. We will give you as much advance notice as possible, and we would appreciate it if you would pick your child up promptly.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation. If you should have any questions or concerns, please ask.



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