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School Hours

Please note the start time of school for each of our buildings. It is very important that students arrive on time to school.  


 

Young School

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 

 

Fountain Woods

8:30 AM -3:00 PM 

 

BTMS

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

 

BTHS

7:20 AM - 2:00 PM

 


Early Closing Schedule

Please note the early dismissal times of schools for each of our buildings. 


 

Young School

1:00 P.M.  

 

Fountain Woods

12:30 P.M.  

 

BTMS

12:00 P.M.

 

BTHS

11:16 A.M.

 

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November 14, 2014               

   

 
Well we have seen the first snowflakes for the season, so I think it is time to send this special email to you now.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that we don't have to use any snow days.

This special Falcon Flyer will remind parents of our emergency closing protocols, means of communication, and school start times during a delayed opening.  Please read all of the information in this newsletter carefully.  
 
Last year we successfully implemented Power Announcement, our school notification system. The system allows us to notify all BTSD parents/guardians, and staff, of school closings,
absences, and emergency situations using email, voice, and text messaging.

Voice calls will be sent with the caller ID numbers listed below (phone numbers vary by school). You may want to add this phone number to your contacts to help you easily recognize incoming calls from the school.
 
Have a great day and be safe.
 
Liz
Power Announcement: District Wide Test 11/22/14

With Winter quickly approaching we will be running a district wide Power Announcement test for students and staff on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
 

The Burlington Township School District continually works to improve the communication between the school district and our parents/guardians.  Last year we implemented the notification system called Power Announcement. This notification system includes enhanced features that promote more effective communications with our entire school district.  The system allows us to notify all BTSD parents/guardians, and staff, of school closings, absences, and emergency situations using email, voice, and text messaging.


Power Announcement allows our school district to send messages using email, voice, and text messaging.  Voice calls will be sent with the caller ID numbers listed below (phone numbers vary by school).  You may want to add this phone number to your contacts to help you easily recognize incoming calls from the school. Text messages will be sent using a caller ID of 77811 for all schools. Please add this number to your contact lists.  Please note you will not be able to reply to text messages sent from the school district.  

  

District                                609-387-3955               

Fountain Woods                    609-387-1799

High School                          609-387-1713                 
B. Bernice Young School         609-386-3520

Middle School                       609-699-4021


Power Announcement is integrated with the existing PowerSchool Parent Portal.  If you log-on to the Parent Portal you will now see a new link called "Power Announcement."  You will be able to see contact information that Power Announcement will use for notifications.  To guarantee the messaging system is used efficiently, we will need to confirm that your contact information is accurate and up-to-date by November 21.  If any of your contact information needs to be updated, please contact your main office.  


Within this section of the Parent Portal, you will have the ability to choose your communication preferences based on message category, such as School Closures or Student Bulletins, and message type (email, voice and/or text message). You may opt-out of any message category except for Emergency Messages, School Closings, and Absence phone calls.


Setting up your parent preferences is your responsibility and must be set up for EACH individual student.  To receive text messages, you must go to Preferences by Message Type and check the box next to contact me using Text Messaging. 

 

Note: BTSD does not charge for this feature, but every mobile phone plan is different. Any text messaging fees that apply from your mobile carrier will be your responsibility and not the responsibility of the school.


By default, phone calls and email are chosen.  You will receive messages to every contact field shown and every message category that has all three message types chosen. Please be sure to set your unique preferences if there are any numbers or addresses you prefer not to be contacted. All phone numbers and email addresses must be in a valid format to save properly.


Emergency and school closing messages will always be sent with all three message types (email, text, and voice calls) and to every contact field shown even if you have opted out.  We cannot change this.  Also, attendance messages will be sent to all available phone contact methods regardless of how your preferences are set to ensure student safety.


If you do not have access to log into the Parent Portal and would like to set up an account, please email parentportal@burltwpsch.org with the following information: student's name, student's address, student's grade, parent's relationship to the student, and parent's email address. Please remember, the Parent Portal is only for parents of High School, Middle School, and Fountain Woods students.  A separate letter was sent for Young School students who have not opted into the system, since Parent Portal is not available in that building.


If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.  We hope you appreciate this new school notification system and the flexibility it will provide for you as a parent.


Please remember that we will be running a district wide test for students and staff on Saturday, November 22, 2014 to make sure that the system is running properly before the inclement weather hits our area.


 

Thank you,


Mary Ann Bell

Asst. Supt for Business/Operations


Liz Scott
Public Relations Coordinator

Emergency Closing Information
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You have numerous options to learn about the status of the schools during inclement weather or other emergencies:

  • For school closings and delayed openings, you will generally be contacted via our Call System using the main phone number in our student database. Make sure that the main number is the one which you would like called. If you prefer to be notified by cell phone, make sure your cell phone is the main number. In case of emergency during the school day, our system will contact the primary and secondary phone numbers.     
  • Register for the District's E-News, the Falcon Flyer.  You will receive immediate notification directly to your email of school closings and other alerts.  You may register on our District webpage,www.burltwpsch.org.   
  • Visit Burlington Township Schools' Website at www.burltwpsch.org.  The emergency information will scroll on the home page.      
  • Call the Burlington Township Schools Activities and Emergency Closing Line:  (609) 387-1731      
  • Listen to the following radio station for information: KYW (1060 AM) - District code number: 713    
  • Watch FOX TV Channel 29 "Good Day Philadelphia" (6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.).  Look for Burlington County and then watch for information on Burlington Township Schools.  This information will scroll across the bottom of the TV screen.  
    Click here to sign up for Channel 29 cell phone alerts.  
  • Watch NBC TV Channel 10 for its Snow Alert 10.  The status of Burlington Township Schools will be announced.  Click here to sign up for NBC School Closing Alerts      
  • Watch CBS TV Channel 3.  The status of Burlington Township will scroll across the bottom of the screen.  Click here to sign up for CBS School Closing Alerts    
  • Watch ABC TV Channel 6.  The status of Burlington Township will scroll across the bottom of the screen.  Click here for ABC School Closing Alerts
     
  • Check the Internet at www.kyw1060.com or www.wpvi.com
Several of our local news outlets now offer text messaging directly to your cell phone to alert you of school closings and delayed openings. Please visit one of the following links to sign up today:
  

  

  

  

 Fox 29   
 

Delayed Opening

A delayed opening schedule means two hours later than the student's normal time.  An early dismissal is approximately four hours after the start of school.

 

**A.M. Pre-K students are to report two hours later than their normal time.   Their session will run from 11:00 - 1:30. P.M. Pre-K students are to report to school at their regular time.
School Start Times for Delayed Opening
Young School    
11:00 A.M. 
 **A.M. Pre-K students are to report two hours later than their normal time.   Their session will run from 11-1:30.   PM Pre-K students are to report to school at their regular time.

Fountain Woods 
10:30 A.M.

BTMS 
10:00 A.M.

BTHS 
9:20 A.M.
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Liz Scott, Public Relations Coordinator
Burlington Township Schools


Email: escott@burltwpsch.org
Phone: 609-387-3955 Ext. 1-2074
Fax: 609-387-8968
Web: http://www.burltwpsch.org