By: Mark Hopkins, A-H-S-T School Superintendent
What beautiful fall weather we have had this year! However, all of us know that winter weather
will be coming soon. Now is a good time
to plan for weather-related late starts, early dismissals, or school
cancellations. Please make arrangements in
advance so your child/children will know what to do if inclement weather causes
a change in the regular school schedule.
Reminder: Breakfast will
not be served on late start days.
As usual, you can tune into the following radio or
television stations for weather-related announcements: KMA (960 AM), KSOM (96.5 FM), KJAN (1220 AM),
KNOD (105.3 FM), KMTV (Channel 3), WOWT (Channel 6), or KETV (Channel 7). We will also be using SchoolReach, our parent notification system, to announce weather-related
announcements. Note: Parents will automatically receive phone notifications
based on information submitted to the school during registration. If you need to update phone numbers, please
notify the appropriate office, or update your information by clicking on the SchoolReach link located on the A-H-S-T
website. The link is located in the
upper left-hand corner.
Here are some tips
to ensure you receive the message:
1.) The caller ID will be 712-343-6364.
There is a short pause at the beginning of the message, usually a few
seconds. Answer your phone as you
normally would; “hello” and hold for the message to begin. Multiple “hellos” will delay the message. Inform all family members who may answer your
phone of this process.
2.) If you do not answer, the system will detect
that your machine has answered and will play the recording to your machine. The phone will ring for up to 40 seconds. Make sure that your machine answers after four
rings or you may miss the message.
3.) At the end of the message you will be
prompted to ‘press any key’ to hear the message again. This is very helpful when a child answers the
phone and hands it to a parent, who can then ‘repeat’ the message in its
4.) The following are things that interfere with
proper delivery of messages: loud
background noise, not saying hello or repeatedly saying hello, cell phones that
have ringback/music options, or answering machine/voice mail greetings that are
too long or have long pauses.
continue to use SchoolReach, please
keep us notified of any “glitches” in the system. We want this to be an effective communication
tool, so your input is important.
Hopefully we will not have to use the system many times for inclement
weather. All of us would appreciate a