Emergency School Closure
Emergency school closure occurs when unforeseen circumstances such as broken water pipes, flooding, loss of power,severe weather, etc., warrant closure to be initiated during non-school hours. The decision to close the school is made through input from the administrators, our superintendent, and the Commander. An announcement of the closure will be broadcast on TV and/or radio, DNS, and through the base command units.
The DoDEA Notification System (DNS) allows for each school to contact all of their parents and/or staff with one phone message through an automatic dialing system. At the District level it allows a message to be sent to all parents and/or staff in the same method. This allows greater security and sharing of information with parents and staff. There is a Point of Contact (POC) at each location that has the necessary codes to access the system.
There are situations in which school may be canceled during school hours. Once again, this decision is made by the individuals stated above. Once the decision has been made to release students, staff members will alert all classrooms.Students who ride the bus will be released to board the bus at a set time. For those students who walk, ride a bike, or are picked up, they may be released once their parent/guardian has been contacted and agree with that process. If we are unable to reach a student's parent/guardian by the time teachers are released, the teacher will bring them to the office and the office staff will assist in contacting the parent. For these emergencies STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITHOUT THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN BEING NOTIFIED. As stated before,please ensure all contact numbers are updated at all times with both your child's teacher and the school office.
During severe weather warnings, parents are welcome to sit with their children and encouraged to take shelter in the schools as needed. A Liability Release Form is required for release of students during severe weather warnings.
Fort Novosel Schools will be open every day unless the base is closed. Once the school day has begun, students will not be dismissed until the end of the school day except in cases of extreme emergency. The Fort Novosel School System is NOT a part of the Alabama Public School System.
In the event of possible cancellation, parents will be notified through the AtHoc telephone system .
Parker ES Rainy Day Plan
Bus riders are not affected by rainy/bad weather days. However, our walkers and bikers must have an alternate plan on file. You will be notified via AtHoc of Bad Weather Dismissals. During Bad Weather Days, students must be picked up by an adult. You may pick up your child by following one of these 2 options:
- You may park across the road from the front of the school and enter through the front doors. You will be given a rainy day pass to go to the gym and retrieve your child. Then please exit back through the front and return the pass. This keeps our pedestrians away from the moving car line.
- You may enter the car lane via Boyce Lane and follow the back driveway to the student pick up area. Please do not stop on Farrell Road to collect bicycles as this impedes the traffic flow.We have worked diligently to make this plan as efficient and effective as possible.Thank you for your support in helping keep our precious students safe.