Weather and Emergency Information

Are you prepared?

Do you have a backup plan if schools are delayed, closed or release students earlier than expected? For example, could you:

  • Adjust your work schedule?
  • Hire a babysitter or take the kids to daycare?
  • Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to watch the kids?

The weather can change quickly and without warning, making it difficult or impossible to follow regular routines. It’s important to be prepared—long before the storm hits.

How we notify families

  • Automated Phone Calls & Emails: Please keep your contact information updated in Skyward (Family Access) or contact your school office. On weather days, calls begin going out at 5:30 a.m. to families who have not opted out.
  • Information Line: (360) 885-5343 (Updated by 6:00 a.m. on impacted days).
  • District Website: Bookmark www.battlegroundps.org for easy access.
  • Social Media Accounts
  • Flash Alert: Sign up for email alerts or download the mobile app for updates about emergency and non-emergency issues.
  • TV and radio stations, local newspapers

Battle Ground Public Schools administrators consider many factors when determining school closures, and notify families only if there is a change to the school schedule.

If inclement weather impacts a school day in the current remote learning environment:

  • Classes will revert to Remote Learning.
  • No in-person services/classes for any student.
  • No transportation services provided for any student.
  • School buildings will be closed to the public.
  • All athletic-related and co-curricular activities and clubs (in-person and/or virtual) are cancelled.
  • Grab and go meal service will be cancelled (depending on weather status—check website for meal information).
  • By reverting to Remote Learning, these days will not need to be made up.

The district is split into “north” and “south” schools for the purpose of weather closures.

  • North Schools – Battle Ground High, Yacolt Primary and Amboy Middle schools, Captain Strong Primary, Chief Umtuch Middle, Tukes Valley Primary and Middle, and CAM Academy, River HomeLink, and Summit View High School.
  • South Schools – Prairie High, Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary, Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle, and Glenwood Heights Primary and Laurin Middle.

Occasionally, our schools go into lockdown. Lockdowns are performed for the safety of students and staff members. Exterior doors are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave a building for the duration of the lockdown.

Lockdowns can occur for multiple reasons. Sometimes schools are put into lockdown by law enforcement as a precaution because of activity in the surrounding area that is unrelated to the school. Lockdowns often occur with little or no advance notice and are lifted within minutes. Most of the time, classes continue as usual. In these cases, the district often does not notify parents and guardians.

Parents and guardians also should be prepared for the possibility of a prolonged lockdown. We know that everyone wants the most immediate updates and information both during and after this kind of situation. However, driving to the school or calling the office during a lockdown can tie up staff resources and seriously impede the work of law enforcement and district security personnel.

School leaders, local law enforcement and school-safety experts have worked together to establish guidelines that balance safety with communication. During a lockdown, only limited information will be released, via one or more of the above communication methods, at the discretion of law enforcement and district administrators, for the safety of students, staff members and first responders. As incidents unfold, often it is difficult to verify details and facts may be delayed. News sources may speculate or report hearsay, but we will work to provide accurate information.

Emergency procedures practiced in Battle Ground Public Schools

Evacuation: Students and staff calmly leave the building in an orderly manner to a designated location on campus.

Modified lockdown: Students and staff are brought inside the building, exterior doors are locked.

Full lockdown: Students and staff are brought into classrooms, classroom and exterior doors are locked, windows are covered, students remain quiet and out of sight.

Shelter-in-Place: Depending on the hazard (tornado, biological, volcano, earthquake), students either drop, cover and hold; seal the room; or move to a shelter area.

Run, Hide, Fight: Protocols endorsed by Clark County law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security for responding to a life-threatening situation in schools. Students are urged to 1) Run when it is safe to run. 2) Hide where it is safe to hide. 3) Fight if you have no other options.

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