School Closing/Delay and Dissemination of Information
Due to weather and other factors school may be closed, delayed, or event information changed. It is important for parents to get the latest information during these situations.
The school uses the following means of disseminating information when appropriate:
School Messenger Phone Service :
Barr-Reeve uses a phone service provided by School Messenger. This service attempts to call the available numbers cataloged in our database (Harmony) to contact staff and guardians in case of a delay/closing/emergency. Please make sure your home and cell phone numbers are up-to-date in order to receive these messages. The number that will show up on your caller ID is (812) 486-2768. Please save this number in your directory or contacts as BARR-REEVE MESSAGES. This is a line the school uses for outgoing messages, but not one that can be used to contact the school. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER BACK, YOU WILL NOT REACH ANY SCHOOL PERSONNEL.
Tips for successfully receiving messages:
- Saying “Hello” when answering the automated service ensures a proper message delivery.
- Some issues occur with extended answering machine greetings. Limit your greeting to 15 seconds for optimal performance.
- Musical greetings drop automated calls often. Change greeting if calls do not come through correctly.
- The maximum number of rings this service waits for is 5. Set answering machines to 4 rings for optimal performance.
- Press 1 to replay the message.
If you have issues with this service please contact Tamara Swartzentruber at the Central Office @ email@example.com by email or by phone @ 486-3220. If you would like to add or change phone numbers that receive calls (limit three per family) please contact the Primary Office @ 486-3235, the Elementary Office @ 486-3224 or the MS/HS Office 486-3265.
School Closings and delays will also be broadcast on local radio and TV stations. Please note that we are the BARR-REEVE Community School Corporation.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOLS, BUS DRIVERS OR OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL. Our lines are extremely busy as we call teachers, custodians, cooks, bus drivers, etc and people who are making daily deliveries (bread, milk, fuel) to let them know we are closed.
Parents should also make alternative plans for their children in case we should delay opening school for one or two hours on days when we have ice or snow or some other problem.
Should a delay be announced, please continue to be on alert as the possibility exists that the decision could be changed to a closing instead of a delay.
*Let us know if you’ve changed your contact number so we can reach you in case of closings.