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School closures, late starts, snow routes . . .
Here is important news for parents and students involving the possibility of school closures,
late starts or buses operating on snow routes in Battle Ground Public Schools. Click "Read More"
for English, Russian and Spanish versions.
Thanks to those of you who have offered suggestions on ways to improve our transportation service during
inclement weather. With a few weeks of winter still ahead of us, here are some
clarifications and adjustments in our procedures for future bad-weather
closures, late starts or operation of school buses on snow routes. (In the
event of late starts, school begins two and one-half hours later than the
regular starting time and there is no morning kindergarten or morning
Five venues for announcements: We announce closures, late starts and snow
routes five different ways: (1) TV and radio stations; (2) ConnectEd automated phone calls to all parents and employees except any who have opted out of this free service (target time for the calls is 5:30 a.m.); (3) the district’s Website (battlegroundps.org and click on “In the event of snow or ice. . .” at left); (4) The Columbian’s Website (www.columbian.com), and (5) the district’s “Snow Line” recorded phone message (885-5343).
Update your phone numbers: The ConnectEd automated-phone-calling system is the most efficient way for us to reach most families quickly in the event of delays and closures. Please be sure
your child’s school is notified of any changes in your phone-contact information so that the correct number is called.
Split-district (“partial”) closures: When winter weather forces us to close some schools but not others, as was the case Tuesday, Nov.
23, it is because roads in the north part of the district are more hilly and at
higher elevations than roads in the south part of the district. Those north-end
roads can be hazardous for school buses and for parents and students in cars
even though roads farther south might be free of snow and ice. In the event of
split-district closures, it is important to know whether you are in the north
or south part of the district. We have made a change in the north-south division involving Capt. Strong Primary and Chief Umtuch Middle schools. From now on, the schools are divided as follows:
North - Battle Ground High School, Tukes Valley Primary and Middle, Yacolt Primary, Amboy Middle.
South – Prairie High School, Captain Strong Primary, Chief Umtuch Middle, Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary and Middle, Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle, Glenwood Heights Primary, Laurin Middle.
Exceptions for Bus 3 and Bus 29: This is a change, moving Capt. Strong and Chief Umtuch into the South category. However, in the event north schools are closed and south schools open, bus 29 serving Capt.
Strong and bus 3 serving Chief Umtuch will not operate north of 299th Street
and Captain and Chief students living north of 299th will be excused
from school that day.
Alternative schools: Summit View High School, Battle Ground HomeLink and CAM Jr. - Sr. high schools will follow the lead of the worst case in the district. If any school in the Battle Ground district has a late-start-or-closure scenario due to bad weather, alternative schools are expected to do the same.
Parental discretion: Even if a school is open, parents and guardians may use their own judgment whether to send their children to school. Weather-related absences are excused if they are
reported to the school by the parent or guardian.
Bus Snow Routes: In some cases, schools are open but with some
buses on snow routes. For snow-route information, see the Website (battlegroundps.org)
and click “In the event of snow or ice. . .” at left, then scroll to the bottom
of that page. You also can get bus information from the bus company (Petermann
Northwest) at 687-7137 ext. 12, or the school district transportation office at
We welcome suggestions for future improvements in communicating closure and