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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.

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 a.m. A phone, email and text notification will be sent to parents and staff at 6 a.m.

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.

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 a.m. 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.

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

Board Agendas & Minutes (Parents) - Text | Email

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.

Virtual Backpack (Parents) - Email
Community educational opportunities and PTA events for district students and families.

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.

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.