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Communications and Procedures

School Closings and Emergency Communications

January 10, 2024

In case of inclement weather, PDS may close or start late. We will make an announcement on our website, via email, 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 send a text message 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.

PDS Emergency Notifications via Email and Text Message


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are not receiving emails.


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.

Sign-Up for Text Messages


Ensuring Delivery

To help ensure that you receive these messages, here are some steps you should take. First: whitelist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in your email program to make sure our messages don't end up marked as spam. Here's a guide for how to do that. Second: add the school's text message number to your contacts: 833-942-4355. You can also download the school's vCard to add to your phone's contacts.

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.