By Sacha Johnston
USD 475 strives to provide timely and consistent communications to parents, staff, and community members, especially when inclement weather causes changes to district operations.
USD 475 uses many methods of communication to inform parents and community members when these disruptions occur. The district sends text messages and emails to parents, notifies KSNT and WIBW, and sends information to JC Post and KJCK Radio. USD 475 also shares a post on the district Facebook page.
Even with all these methods, some parents still do not receive the information. Some parents don’t have social media accounts. Some phone carriers can block the text messages from the notification system, and some email systems send the email to the spam folder.
In an effort to ensure all parents receive accurate information about school delays and closures, USD 475 has implemented a banner alert system on the district website, http://usd475.org. This new banner alert system will be activated any time there will be a disruption to school operations, such as a closure, an early release, or a delayed start.
During an inclement weather event, parents will be able to see a bright red banner at the top of the district’s website, which will indicate what type of disruption is occurring, and when. In addition, the district has updated its inclement weather guidelines to include more information about what parents can expect when each type of event occurs.
Parents can view the updated information at http://www.usd475.org/parent-resources/weather-guidelines/.