Storm Preparation – Message for Parents, Postponement of Events, Facilities Alert
The Sacramento region is expecting a significant storm event to move through our area late Wednesday through Friday. The storm is expected to bring a wind driven heavy rain with winds at 20 to 60 mph with 2 to 3 inches of rain.
In anticipation of this week’s expected storms, it would be wise to send a communication to your parents in advance of the weather hitting the area to relieve anxiety and reinforce that school is open. Below is a draft Messenger script that you may want to send to your families this evening.
Schools should postpone any non-essential school events scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday evening. You can use this communication as an opportunity to let people know about any cancellations.
Also, please make sure all staff and parents are familiar with emergency protocols in the case of mild flooding or power outages.
“Good evening (SCHOOL NAME) families, this is (PRINCIPAL NAME) calling. Many of you have heard news of the significant expected storm coming to the area later this week. Please note that school will be open as scheduled barring any unforeseen circumstances. Please allow for extra time to bring your child to and from school, as traffic may be slow if the weather is extreme. District facilities crews are prepared to address any issues that may arise as a result of the storm and potential high winds. Please know that we are taking every precaution possible to ensure normal school days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (PHONE NUMBER). Thank you and have a nice evening.”
District facilities staff has been preparing sandbags and other necessary items. Work Orders will be processed on an emergency/priority basis. Keep in mind that this will be a regional event and we are expecting a heavy call volume related to roof leaks, flooding, fallen trees and tree limbs, power outages, wind damage and other weather related issues. Because of the heavy volumes, you may experience a busy signal.
Some areas may experience local street flooding due to leaf and debris accumulation. Normal routes to and from your location may not be available. Have a back up plan.