School Closings, Early Dismissals, Late Starts and Other Important Information

Spencer-Van Etten Central School District covers an expansive area that spans ten towns across four counties, where weather conditions can differ drastically across the district. We make decisions regarding whether to close or delay schools based on the safety of school communities – please ensure your child’s main office has your current phone number, and stay tuned to Radio/TV for information regarding school closures.

School Messenger

School Messenger is a system designed to allow schools and districts to send general and emergency notifications through phone, email, text messaging, or web-based apps such as PowerSchool. This system can quickly send thousands of announcements such as school closings, early dismissals, and late starts as soon as they occur – this includes school closings, early layoffs, and late openings! Parents/Guardians and students who opted in can receive these alerts. In order to do this successfully, they must (1) opt-in and 2) have their mobile device number stored with either PowerSchool or district (for parents/guardians/students).

SchoolMessenger provides teachers, students, and parents a way to engage with their school or district and connect. Teachers can create discussion groups for their classes, inviting students, parents, and guardians to join. Teachers can send individual chat messages as well as manage the preferences of group members. Furthermore, SchoolMessenger includes tools designed to assist classroom organization and collaboration.

SchoolMessenger also offers a full version of its app designed specifically to send SchoolMessenger Broadcast messages. This app is targeted towards parents, students, and teachers affiliated with an individual school or district and can be downloaded via the Apple App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play (for Android devices).

SchoolMessenger app is free for parents, students, and teachers associated with schools or districts; however, a subscription is necessary in order to use its Broadcast features. A subscription can be purchased on either the App Store or online from and used on any device with SchoolMessenger installed – with multiple pricing options depending on how large a school or district is; single schools can purchase individual subscriptions while districts may purchase bulk subscriptions covering various schools in a community.

Spectrum News

Spectrum News is an array of local news channels available exclusively to Spectrum subscribers. It specializes in hyperlocal news coverage with an emphasis on sports, weather, and special events such as town hall meetings or candidate forums – plus local sports stars are featured as guests! Furthermore, Spectrum News maintains both an online presence and a mobile app.

This channel is available across multiple markets and employs an eclectic team of journalists, covering both local stories and national news that affect them. Their reporters strive to deliver reliable and unbiased reporting – they aim to bring stories that matter most to residents while connecting them with elected representatives at their local levels.

Spectrum recently expanded its local news channels’ availability by making them available on Roku and Apple TV, giving people more accessible access to local news from any device. Spectrum plans on expanding this coverage in the near future.

Spectrum News App features live newscasts and local sports highlights, as well as social media features and community bulletin board capabilities. Accessing this service is accessible to all Spectrum customers on desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and Roku and Apple TV devices.

Recent results of a Spectrum News/Morning Consult national poll assessing Americans’ sentiment and trust of local news showed that 87% were satisfied with their local coverage. Spectrum News app seeks to build upon this positive trend by making it easy for customers to access news whenever and wherever it’s required.

This app aims to keep you informed about local news, sports, and weather in your local markets around the clock. Local anchors and reporters share their insights into issues affecting daily life – free download from Apple or Google Play stores.

Spectrum News app features more than just local news – in addition to signature shows like NY1’s premier New York City theater show “On Stage,” LA Stories with Giselle Fernandez, the weekly public affairs program In Focus, and specials and series.