School stays open only to close a short time later

HOLLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – Early Wednesday morning, buses picked up students for Holland Central Schools, but returned them to their homes a short time later.

Holland is one of only a handful of districts that stayed open Wednesday morning, despite all of WNY being under a Blizzard Warning and conditions across the area rapidly deteriorating.

Many parents are questioning why the district remained open while so many others in the area were closed.

Dee Dee Schneider said, “All the other schools were closed. They shouldn’t have been open.”

And many more are wondering why the schools stay open only to close by 11 a.m. and send students home.

Holland Schools Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos said, “We did know the weather was going to be getting worse later in the day. Our understanding, and I’m not God and neither are the weathercasters (sic), but the understanding was it would be getting worse up north before it came south, possibly later in the afternoon. So we figured we could get a half day of instruction.”

Fabiatos says when the flakes started flying around 8:15 a.m., she decided to send students and staff home to prevent forcing them to travel on snow-covered roads. She cancelled classes around 8:30.

“My concern was to get the kids home but also my staff home, and everyone doesn’t live in Holland or close by,” Fabiatos said.

Schools across Western New York are short on or have entirely used up their snow days, and any additional days taken now will cut into scheduled breaks. And though Fabiatos admits she is out of snow days, she says she never intended to compromise safety. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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