When it becomes necessary to delay or close schools because of bad weather or other emergency, Bullitt County Public School Superintendent Keith Davis makes the official decision. Communications Director John Roberts first notifies the Bullitt County YMCA so they can open their snow sites for child care purposes. He then uses Infinite Campus Messenger to make the first round of calls to the priority group (bus drivers, principals, custodians, cafeteria staff, maintenance staff), followed by a second (general) call to all contacts which includes teachers and household contacts. This is necessary because – though there are hundreds of lines – there can be a lag between the time the call is placed and when it is actually made. The priority contacts need to know first. Unfortunately for priority contacts, they will be getting both calls/texts. The priority call occurs as soon as the decision is made, even in the late evening or early morning hours. It has been decided not to make the general call any later than 9:00 PM or any earlier than 5:30 AM.
Employees are notified with a call, text message and voice mail from Infinite Campus Messenger. Employees may also “like” the Bullitt County Public Schools Facebook page to receive the latest information. Delays and/or closings will also be announced to the staff and public by Louisville Media WAVE-3, WHAS-11, WLKY-32, WDRB-41 and WHAS 840 AM Radio and posted on their respective websites. The Courier-Journal and The Pioneer News also display any closing announcement on their websites. The announcement is made as early as possible to provide staff and parents time to make proper arrangements for their children. Closings will be for one (1) day unless the announcement states otherwise. Early dismissal will be announced using the same format (Infinite Campus Messenger, BCPS Facebook page and Louisville media) as soon as the decision has been made. Please DO NOT contact your child’s school or the central office.
Here are some steps for Facebook users about how to modify the method by which they receive messages. It is very easy, but you have to do it yourself. Log into Parent Portal with your user name and password on a computer (not available on the app). If you don’t have Parent Portal, contact your school and they can walk you through it. Once you log in, on the left side, go to Contact Preferences. You will see a list of contact options (Household phone, cell phone, work phone, e-mail). Under the various phones, there are boxes to check for voice and for text. The default is to check voice and not check text. There are columns for various reasons for calling – Emergency (this is school closings), Attendance (if your child is not in school or is truant), Behavior (if there is trouble), General Notification, Priority Notification, and Teacher (if your particular child’s teacher wants to send something). You can check or uncheck these various options based on the level of communication you want to have with the school and district. To make the selections, you have to hit SAVE at the bottom.
The purpose is to help parents and others know what is going on. If you uncheck everything, you won’t have information you need to know, but it is your decision – it may or may not be in another format