In District 49, our community expects timely communications, especially during safety concerns, like inclement weather. Because each weather-related call is based on current and forecasted conditions, we often publish a final decision early in the morning, rather than the night before. But when a weather forecast is severe enough, we may issue a decision the night before. With winter conditions uncertain and further observations necessary, our crews start evaluating road conditions at midnight. Decisions to close the district are often made by 4:30 a.m.
While anyone can proactively check D49.org for updates, or watch for local media reports, below are options identified as fast and reliable methods for finding out when a districtwide delay or closure is announced. Please note, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy parents should use Flash Alert for texts and push notifications, knowing the school does not use the district's student information system.
Parents: Getting emergency notifications got easier in 2016.
Parents are no longer required to maintain a Flash Alert account. They can now sign into parent portal
and update their personal contact information. Just look for the field titled “Cell Phone” and insert a text-enabled number and hit the button marked “Save.” The change immediately updates our emergency notification system. If a parent wants to continue to use Flash Alert, he or she may do so. However, it's important to sign into the system at least once a year, so it isn't dropped from it. To keep messages moving quickly, accounts that aren't sign into once per year are removed each fall. Also, parents shouldn't forget about social media. With an active Facebook account, it's best to enable the "See First" option for our Facebook page
. That will ensure you see our updates in a timely manner. Our high school students often rely on District 49's Twitter account
Teachers, administrators, bus drivers and other support staff rely on timely updates, so they may safely adjust schedules. They sign into InfiniteCampus, select the “Index” tab, and then choose “My Data” under the “Census” category. Click the “Request Demographic Update.” Under “New Record Request,” indicate a need to add or correct information. Insert a text-enabled cell phone in the respective personal contact field. Click the button marked “Save Request.” Check the “My Requests” tab to see the status of the change. Requests are processed daily. To expedite approval, do not change any other field. Employee cell phone numbers are not shared with anyone — if an employee marks it "private," they will not get text messages.
Local Media & Community Partners:
We rely on local media and other community partners as accelerants to our messages. Their best option is to create and maintain a Flash Alert account. District 49 will continue to send updates via Flash Alert, knowing many local media outlets use Flash Alert to automatically update news tickers. We also know many organizations need to subscribe to these updates to make quick adjustments to any programs or activities that may be affected by the school district delaying or canceling a school day.
|Inside Scoop: We're working on a new push notification system that won't require account maintenance. You only need to visit a school's website on a preferred device.