NYC Schools Close Ahead of ‘Cyclone Bomb’

City public schools will be closed tomorrow ahead of what is expected to be a severe winter storm that is expected to include strong winds and lots of snow. Neighborhood schools have announced closures and local organizations are urging residents to take extra care and use caution.


Bracing for the severe winter storm expected on Thursday, the New York City department of education has cancelled school for Thursday, and a number of Crown Heights schools have followed suit.

Beth Rivka has suspended all classes.

Lubavitcher Yeshiva on Crown has suspended school for preschool and Pre-1a, a separate email will go out to parents of students in grades 1-8.

Oholei Torah preschool and pre1a is closed at both 667 and 407 locations, grades 1-8 will be open, though there will not by morning transportation. All classes will start at 9am including minyan for the older grades – this will allow older boys to walk with younger brothers. Parents are requested to call school after 12pm for dismissal schedule.

Bnos Menachem makes school closure decision the morning of the storm, and will send out an email and a robocall. This should be approximately 7:00am to 7:30am.

Lubavitcher Yeshiva on Ocean Parkway will be closed, though all classes will take place via online conferencing.

Other schools have not had their schedules available at time of publication – but will be added once it is announced.

Crown Heights Shomrim urged residents to check in on their neighbors to ensure their safety. “Due to the extreme weather condition of the past few days, with expectations for a snow storm, take a moment to check in on your elderly family members and neighbors,” they tweeted.

“[People] need to check and make sure all their windows are properly closed,” said Peretz Lazaroff, a local handyman who offered the following advice, “don’t lower your thermostat overnight, since in the morning it may take hours to bring your house back up to safe temperatures, and it may risk freezing pipes.”

“Unnecessary travel and use of vehicles is dangerous and puts yourself and everyone else at risk,” said a Shomrim coordinator, adding that it may needlessly delay first responders responding to emergencies.

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