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School Safety & Parent Notification

The safety of our students and staff is very important. We work to keep our parents and staff informed about general information as well as situations that impact our ability to work with our students such as inclement weather. Please be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date.

Parent/Staff Notification System

Our SchoolMessenger parent/staff notification system helps us communicate with parents more effectively through telephone, text and e-mail. Your contact information is obtained through our student information system - Infinite Campus.

Adjust Delivery Preferences
To adjust your delivery preferences go to SchoolMessenger Info Center - http://www.SchoolMessenger.com/Start OR contact cmiller@bettendorf.k12.ia.us.

Different types of messages

General Messages (Staff & Parents) - Email | Occasionally Phone
Messages about upcoming events and general notifications.

Early Release/No School Reminders (Parents) - Text | Email | Phone

School Cancellations Due to Weather (Staff & Parents) - Text | Email | Phone
If school is cancelled a notification will be sent to parents and staff at 6 a.m.

Emergency Notifications - Emergency notifications are used to help assure we contact parents as quickly as possible.

If you would like to adjust how you receive any of the message types above (or opt out) go to SchoolMessenger Info Center - http://www.SchoolMessenger.com/Start OR contact cmiller@bettendorf.k12.ia.us.

Text Messages

    • Opt In - If you would like to receive text messages from your school or the district send a text message to 68453 with either the words "opt in" or "subscribe".
    • Opt Out - Text "STOP" to 68453 to opt out of receiving text messages.

Cancellations, Late Starts & Early Releases

Parents who believe the weather conditions are not safe for their children have the option of keeping their child at home. If you do decide to keep your child/children at home, contact the school to report a "parent excused" absence.

School Closing

Inclement weather is the most typical school emergency that results in school cancellation. If school is cancelled the decision will be made prior to 6 am. A phone, email and text notification will be sent to parents and staff at 6 am.

Late Starts

Breakfast will not be served on the days that the district has a late start. Preschool will be held. A late start on a scheduled early release day will result in a normal release time.

One Hour Late Start - BMS 8:55 am | BHS 9:25 am | Elem & MT/NA Preschool 9:30 am (GW/TJ Preschool 9:45 am)
Two Hour Late Start - BMS 9:55 am | BHS 10:25 am | Elem & TJ/MT Preschool 10:30 am (GW/TJ Preschool 10:45 am)

Early Dismissal

In some emergencies, such as inclement weather, we may deem it prudent to send students home early. The district has made the commitment to make any early dismissal decisions by 10 am. If there is a special situation, your child’s school or the district may contact you to pick up your child early. Please make sure you provide your school office with up-to-date information so we can reach you if necessary.

Two Hour Early Release - Preschool 12 pm | BMS 12:55 pm | HS & Elem 1:20 pm
Three Hour Early Release - Preschool 11:30 am | BMS 11:55 am | BHS & Elem 12:20 pm

Safety Hotline

Safety Hotline 344-4469

Visitor Check-In Procedures

To help provide a safe environment for our students, staff and visitors, the Bettendorf Community School District has a check-in procedure for school visitors (including parents and volunteers).

Middle & High school PROCEDURES

  • Check in at the school office
  • Provide a government photo ID
  • Sign in
  • Wear a visitor’s badge
  • Sign out

Elementary Procedures

  • Check in through the front office
  • Provide a driver’s license or government photo ID
  • Sign in and out via our visitor management system. Please be prepared to provide a driver’s license or government ID for scanning.
  • Wear a visitor’s badge

Generally, the process should be very quick and efficient. Most importantly it will help us ensure we are not providing inappropriate access to our students or schools.

Parents & School Safety


The safety and security of Bettendorf Community School District students and staff is of utmost importance. The district has a comprehensive crisis plan developed in cooperation with Bettendorf police and local emergency management agencies. The plan is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

Our schools also have well-established security measures for the safety of students and staff including: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and police liaison officer support.

How can parents help with school safety?

  • Parents should keep their contact information up-to-date in Infinite Campus, our student information system
  • Encourage and support school safety, violence prevention and emergency preparedness programs within the schools
  • If requested, provide volunteer services for school emergency preparedness
  • Provide the school with requested information concerning emergency situations
  • Practice emergency preparedness in the home to reinforce school training and ensure family safety

In an Emergency

How can parents and guardians be assured they receive information in an emergency?

Parents should keep their contact information up-to-date in Infinite Campus, our student information system. In the case of an emergency, a phone message, email and text message will be sent to parents and guardians.If the school has a non-emergency situation that we believe parents should be informed about, the school will send parents an email notification.

How and when will I be notified if there is an emergency at my child’s school?

The means and immediacy of communication will depend on the type of the event and on the potential or actual impact to the safety of the students. While it’s difficult to describe all possible scenarios, the following can be used a guide to gauge the district’s level of notification and systems used to communicate with families:

Impact Level

Notification Response

A Low Impact Incident
Poses no or minimal risk to the safety of the school. There are no disruptions to regular school activities, and the incident is an isolated one.

Example: Temporary power/services disruption

  • Email

A Moderate Impact Incident
Poses a moderate risk to the school. Results in some disruption to school activities such as a change of schedule or cancellation of some activities.

Example: A gas leak or a threat to the school

  • Email
  • Text message
  • Posted message on school website

A High Impact Incident
The incident poses a significant risk to the safety of the students, which results in a significant disruption to school activities, change of schedule, evacuation, cancellation of activities and impacts many students.

Example: An intruder in school or the use of a weapon in school resulting in injuries to students or staff

  • Phone message
  • Text message
  • Email
  • Posted message on school & district website
  • Press release

Should I report to the scene of the incident/emergency?

In the case of a high-impact emergency situation in a school or at a school-sponsored activity DO NOT respond to the school. Keep roads/lots clear for EMS responders.

Parents are encouraged to remain close to their sources of communication, phone or email, to ensure they are receiving accurate and timely updates on the emergency from district staff.

Once the emergency is declared "over," will parents be able to report to their child’s school?

When BCSD communicates to parents that the school emergency has ended, direction will be provided on how parents will reunite with their child. Parents will be directed to a specific location that could be located off campus. It is important that parents follow these directions for the safety of all students, staff and parents.

Remember, a student can only be released to an adult that is documented as an emergency contact. If you are a non-custodial parent, you must be listed in the student information system with a relationship to the student that has mailing rights and show proper identification.

If the school building is evacuated, how will I be able to locate my child?

If an evacuation occurs during the school day, there is a possibility that the students will return to school and normal bus service will resume. The district will notify parents if an alternate reunification site will be used.

Please monitor your phone or email closely to ensure you receive updates on the emergency from district staff. Your child may text or email you about the evacuation before the district is able to notify you. Be aware that student texts and social media can cause confusion and further disrupt safety protocols.

Remember, a student can only be released to an adult who is documented as an emergency contact. If you are a non-custodial parent, you must be listed with your child's emergency contact information as a guardian and show proper identification.