Prepare for Inclement Weather by Making Sure Parent Contact Information Is Current
This week, Francis Howell School District (FHSD) saw its first snowflakes of the season. Parents should have recently received information from your child's school regarding inclement weather communication and procedures. FHSD wants to make sure parents receive timely, accurate information should there a change to the normal school schedule. Parents and guardians are asked to make sure contact information is current with your child’s school. Below are some additional considerations to review as we move into this upcoming season. We appreciate your support in helping us have a safe winter season.
Did you change your phone number or move?
Don’t forget to notify your child’s school with the updated information. An automated call to the contact number on record is the primary way the school will update you on time sensitive information. District website announcements, eNEWS, social media posts, and local media reports will also be used.
Who is allowed to pick up your child?
Make sure ALL adults who are able to pick up your child are identified on your child’s contact card at school. No student will be released without written consent by a parent or guardian.
Does your child know what to do if school is released early?
Please review next steps with your child(ren) if school is released early. Does he or she have a key? Should they wait with a neighbor? Will a relative pick them up from school? Make sure you have a back-up plan and communicate it with your child, relatives and all necessary parties.
How do you know if school is closed?
If school is closed, parents and staff will receive a phone call, email, and/or text message via the rapid notification system, SchoolMessenger. School closure information can also be found on the District website, Facebook, Twitter, and local TV and radio stations. For more information, please review FHSD’s snow closure procedures.
The Care and Concern Box is an effort to provide students an additional way to bring issues to the attention of FHC teachers and staff. There are three care and concern boxes located throughout the building; one in the hallway by guidance and the library, one in the cafeteria, and one near the student parking entrance. The cyber care and concern box below is linked directly to our School Resource Officer.
Students may use the boxes to report actions that they have experienced or witnessed and would like addressed. Students also may report a concern that they have for a fellow student. The student simply drops a note in the box or uses the cyber care and concern box. Be sure to include specific information when making a report. The more details that are included, the better the teachers,principals, counselors, or the SRO can respond. The boxes are checked frequently and the reports are shared with the appropriate staff member.