EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – The decision to keep schools open or to close them down for a snow day all starts with Maryann Belmonte, the Transportation Supervisor with East Greenbush Central School District.
Belmonte monitors the local news forecast the night before a possible snow storm.
"Just to keep an eye on if thinks are changing. When I go to bed the last person I see is Steve Caporizzo," Belmonte said.
Early Wednesday morning Belmonte plans to wake up at 3 a.m. and will be on the road.
"At that point I make my first rounds," she explained.
After assessing the roads, Belmonte will be in contact with highway supervisors from various towns in the district.
"Hopefully by 4:30 a.m. I will have enough information to call the supervisor to make an informed decision," said Belmonte.
The final decision on whether to transport nearly 5,000 students from home to school comes down to the Superintendent.
"Large quantities of snow factor in many things, factor in if salt is doing its job," she said.
Joyce Carpinello, a bus driver for the East Greenbush CSD is no stranger to a few inches of snow on the ground. Before she heads out Wednesday, she'll have to get the final word from the superintendent on whether schools closed or not.
"Main thing is safely transporting students to and from school," she said.