School delays, closures and bus releases may be called district-wide or by north (Bend) or south Deschutes County (La Pine/Sunriver) to reflect differing conditions across the district, as necessary.
No news means no change.
Notification about delays/closures are typically shared early on the morning of the change; the goal is to make the decision and begin notifications by 5:30 a.m., (in some limited circumstances notification may begin later). Early release or early closure decisions will be made after the school day has started.
Once a decision to delay, close or release early has been made, families can learn of the news through one of the following methods:
We will use our text messaging system — BL Connect — to alert families in the case of an evacuation, lockdown, emergency or weather-related event that calls for cancellation of a school day or changes to school day start or end times.
This notification will be sent AFTER students and staff have been secured and emergency responders have been notified.
The text alert system will not be used in the case of drills, medical incidents involving specific students or secure (in a secure, school staff members lock the outside doors, but instruction continues as normal.) General press releases and community releases will not be sent using text messaging.
Signing up for the text message alerts through BLConnect allows families to hear news and updates directly from Bend-La Pine Schools, rather than from an alternate source.
Oregon is home to a variety of micro-climates… sometimes bringing snow,
lightning, and wind storms to targeted areas of our school district,
while other areas are spared. During a weather event, teams are
dispatched to assess conditions and determine whether changes to school
operations may be necessary. Depending on weather and circumstances,
these assessments may include:
For many of our students, school is the safest place to be during
inclement weather. In many cases, both parents and/or guardians work
outside the home. Schools provide a warm, supervised environment for
children. However, parents are always encouraged to consider the
conditions of their neighborhood and the well-being of their students in
deciding whether to keep their student home. Students are excused from
school when parents so request.