Emergencies

CLOSURES & EMERGENCIES

Emergency Response Procedures: What You Can Do to Help During an Emergency.

District Parents/Guardians:  Sign Up Today for Emergency Text Messaging Service from Boise School District 

Boise School District utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings, safety alerts, etc.

You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of "Y" OR "Yes" to our school district's short code number, 67587. 

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with "Stop".

SchoolMessenger is compliant wtih the Student Privacy Pledge (TM), so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

You'll want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.
 
In addition to performing the opt-in process above, you'll want to ensure that the District has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven't already provided that information to your school please contact them as soon as possible.

Learn more about signing up for emergency text messaging service. 

Information about how to sign-up for emergency text messaging service provided in Spanish language.

*Terms and Conditions:  Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See www.schoolmessenger.com/txt for more information. 

Non-Parents (District Staff Members, Etc.): Emergency Text Messaging Available Via Mobile App

Emergency text alerts are also available for non-parents (for example, District staff members) via the Boise School District's mobile app. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


 

Winter Weather Procedures

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District's primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of city-wide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled. We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely.
The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else.

If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District.

The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are:

SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snow fall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures.

COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get busses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures.

ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist. 

How is the decision made to close or not to close school? Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision.

If school will be closed, we will communicate in a number of ways to spread the word. In addition to notifying local radio and television news stations, we will send text & email messages to parents/guardians, send an emergency aleter via the District's mobile app, post closure information at www.boiseschools.org, on each school’s website, and on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Parents/guardians can sign-¬≠up for the District’s emergency text messaging service for parents/guardians text 'Y" or "YES" to the number 67587. Non-parents (e.g., other family members, staff, news media, etc.) can also receive emergency text alerts via the Boise School District's mobile app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). View a brief video further explaining our Inclement Weather Procedures on our Emergency webpage.  

The following are translated Winter Weather Procedures Memos for English Language Learners and their families:

Arabic Somali
Chinese Spanish
Karen Swahili
Korean Uzbek
Nepali Vietnamese

Click on the image below to view a brief video further explaining our winter weather procedures.



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