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 there is a need to call a snow day, all school (including remote and in-person learning and services) will be canceled for that day. Canceled school days will be made up using the snow make-up days built into the district calendar.

Weather Information Guide & 5:30 a.m. Phone Calls
In case of a school closure, we begin calling families about 5:30 a.m. Please update your child’s contact information on Skyward or with your school office so that we can notify you in the event of a change to the school schedule due to inclement weather. If you do not receive a call, you can call our information line at 360-885-5343 (updated by 6 a.m. on impacted days) to check if there is a change in the school schedule. Additional weather information is on the district website.

The district is split into “north” and “south” schools for the purpose of weather closures. Please note whether your school is designated as a “north” or “south” school.

  • 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.

Two-Hour Late Starts
The district does not anticipate calling a two-hour late start for K-4 hybrid learning as school will not begin until 10:10 a.m. each day; however, as we transition to middle and high school hybrid it may be necessary to delay the start of school due to weather or road conditions. If a two-hour late start is called, your bus will arrive two hours later for pickup and school will begin two hours later than the regular start time.

Snow Bus Routes
Snow bus routes will be updated on the district website after hybrid routes have been posted.

Parental discretion and weather-related absences
Even when a school is open, parents and guardians may use their own judgment whether it is safe to send their children to school. Weather-related absences are excused if they are reported to the school by a parent or guardian.

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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