School Closings and Emergency Communications
In case of inclement weather, PDS may close or start late. We will make an announcement on our website, via email, social media, and send a text message.
Unlike some of our fellow independent schools, PDS does not automatically follow the same decision that the local school systems make. Once school is in session, PDS will post a notice on its website, send an email, and post a Remind notification if it decides to close during the school day.
It is very unlikely that PDS will close due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms and wind. PDS has a large basement that is one of the safest spaces in the region.
In icy conditions or periods of hazardous driving when school is open, students arriving late will not be counted tardy. We urge parents to be punctual but not at the cost of safety.
At the beginning of each school year, every parent email in our database is added to the news updates and emergency lists that are used to send out emailed-based communications. Please notify
EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGING
In the past, we have automatically added all parents to emergency notifications, but recent federal laws make it necessary for all parents to expressly opt into text message based communications. You must opt-in to receive our emergency messaging.
Ensuring DeliveryTo help ensure that you receive these messages, here are some steps you should take. First: whitelist
In the event of an emergency or school closing, these lists will be used to send out notices.
You can check your newsletter subscriptions by visiting the "Manage Newsletter Subscriptions" page under the News menu. Note that you will need to be logged into the site to see the Updates and Emergencies lists.