A Message from Ms. Novak

April 14, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a follow-up to the power outage and early release that took place on April 10, 2014, please see the attached alternate arrangement form (Our Family’s Emergency Plan).  This form is a plan that can be created with you and your children, so in the event of an emergency or situation where students must be released from school early, your child will know what to do.

The plan is a three step process students should know; they can keep a copy in their backpacks in case they need it. The plan includes a location they should go to immediately when they leave the bus (this may simply be home), the name and phone number of who to call once they get to the set location, and then directions for staying at this location.  Although this was the first time that Niagara Charter School had to unexpectedly release students early, emergencies can arise at any moment, so having your child know what to do is very important.

In addition to implementing this plan with your family, you can also do the following to ensure more efficient communication between yourself and the school:

  1. Provide the front office with your current email address; in an      emergency/early release an email will be sent to all parents on this list
  2. Ensure your contact information including phone numbers are updated      with the front office
  3. Sign-up for free text alerts on Channels 2, 4, and 7; the local      News stations are immediately notified by the school, and you will      instantly receive a text notifying you of the early release
  4. “Like” Niagara Charter School on Facebook; social media is an      efficient way to stay connected
  5. Save the school’s website to your favorites; updates will also be      posted there on the front page

Thank you for your participation and cooperation as we work together to keep our students and school safe!

Ms. Novak

Chief Academic Officer

A Message from Ms. Novak

April 10, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On April 10, 2014 students were released early from school due to a power outage.  We were informed by National Grid that the power would not be on for several hours; therefore, students had to be sent home.  This was the first time that Niagara Charter School had to unexpectedly release students early.

Channels 2, 4, and 7 were immediately notified of the early release.  The information was also placed on the school’s Facebook page and website, and if you have an email address on file, an email was sent.  In addition to these modes of communication, staff members began calling parents.  During this process, it was found that numerous families had out of date phone numbers and/or disconnected phone numbers.

Parents, in the event of an emergency or a situation similar to this one, we MUST be able to reach you.  Please contact the front office immediately to update your contact information, and please remember to notify us immediately if it should change.  Niagara Charter School will be implementing an automated phone system in the near future, but for now, we will continue to call each family as quickly as possible.

In addition to having all contact information up-to-date, you also need to have alternate arrangements made in the event you may not be home to receive your child.  This information should be shared with your child.  We will be sending home an alternate arrangement form with your child next week, so please make sure to check the communicator.

Again, this is the first time we had to release students unexpectedly, so please know that we will work on making the improvements necessary to avoid any confusion or miscommunication that may have occurred today.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Ms. Novak

Chief Academic Officer

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