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School closure communications during bad weather

January 9, 2020

How the Gresham-Barlow School District communicates school closures due to weather

In the event of an emergency school closure, the district uses the following methods of communication to relay urgent information to district families and the community.

 Auto Dialer Calls

The district will use its auto dialer system to call parents and share with them news of an emergency school closure. Please make sure your contact information in ParentVUE is accurate. If it is not, contact your student’s school to update your records.

 Flash Alert Emergency Notification System

This internet-based service is used to provide weather-related school closure information and important information in the event of an emergency. Parents can sign-up for email alerts and download the Flash Alert app to receive push notifications. Visit Flash Alert to sign up for notifications. 

 District Website

Whenever possible, the district and school websites will be used to communicate school closures and other emergency messages.

 Local Radio and TV Stations

Area media outlets will receive information and updates from the school district regarding emergencies.

 School Announcements

Alternative methods of communication, such as emails or letters may be used in the event of individual school situations. Again, please make sure your contact information in ParentVUE is accurate. If it is not, contact your student’s school to update your records.

 Snow Routes

Snow route information is available on the district website. You can also go the homepage of the district website (www.gresham.k12.or.us) and, in the Parents section, click on the Student Transportation button. IMPORTANT-if the District implements snow routes, they will remain in effect for the entire day, both AM and PM.

 As a reminder, when weather conditions worsen, parents and guardians are always encouraged to use their best judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate for a child to attend school. If you choose to keep your student home due to weather it will be considered an excused absence.