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Dec. 16, 2020: District may use a mix of snow days and remote instruction days

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith updated JD families and staff on the district's plans to use snow days and remote instruction days throughout winter 2021. 

Dear J-D families and staff,

As we prepare for what may be our first major snowfall of the season, I want to share our plans for 2020-21 emergency school closure days, often referred to as snow days.

While the state Education Department is allowing school districts to use remote instructional days in lieu of snow days, we are still planning to use snow days, when necessary, as we may not always have enough time to pivot to remote instruction for all students. I know unexpected changes in the school schedule can wreak havoc for families, and so I will notify you as quickly as I can if we use a snow day to cancel instruction. 

While our school calendar includes a certain number of emergency closure days, there may be times when, instead of using a snow day, we are able to shift to a remote learning day and continue to provide instruction to all students. Each circumstance will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Please remember that districts have differing needs and challenges, and a neighboring district may decide to call a snow day or remote day when we may not. 

I will alert families and staff via SchoolMessenger and through local media if the district is using an emergency closure day (snow day) and there will be no instruction or if we are switching to a remote instructional day. Please make every effort to keep the main office of your child’s school informed of any changes to your contact information so that you receive these notifications.  

I am again asking for your patience and flexibility and appreciate the support you have shown the district and our staff throughout this unusual year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s building principal. 


Peter Smith




Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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