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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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.
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)
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
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
- 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:
A Low Impact Incident
A Moderate Impact Incident
A High Impact Incident
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.