School Closure/Delay/Early Dismissal Procedures
If school is to be called off for any reason, or if there is a delayed opening, parents/guardians will be notified using the School Messenger notification service. This system will send a telephone call to the “primary emergency number” designated by the parents/guardians at approximately 5:30 a.m. In addition, the following radio/television stations will be contacted and also displayed on the district’s website:
● WZID (FM 95.7)
● WBZ TV (Channel 4 Boston)
● WMUR TV (Channel 9 Manchester) ● BCTV (Channels 16 and 22)
If it is necessary to call a 2-hour delay in the start of school, buses will make their normal pickups 2 hours later than the usual time, and the Bedford Early Education Program (BEEP) and morning kindergarten classes will be canceled. The Before-School Program will be delayed 2 hours. The school day will end at the usual hour.
Infrequently, and only under the most unusual circumstances, schools may be dismissed early. Every attempt will be made to notify parents/guardians of the early closure by calling the above stations to announce the early dismissal time, and by the use of our emergency notification service (see below).
The Bedford School District uses the School Messenger notification service which allows the district/schools to send a pre-recorded message containing important information to ALL of our students’ parents/guardians within minutes, if an emergency occurs. The ability to deliver a message is only as successful as the contact information we have for our families, so we are requesting that parents/guardians make certain that we have the most up-to-date direct dial numbers. This is collected through an online student registration and student data validation system powered by Infosnap on an annual basis at the start of the school year. If this information changes, please let your child’s school secretary know immediately or update the contact information by clicking on the demographic change link in the PowerSchool Parent portal.
The district is utilizing the School Messenger notification service for: