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.
When hurricanes, snow or other severe weather conditions occur, it is sometimes necessary to cancel school, delay the opening of school, or dismiss classes early.
Before the School Day Begins
The Community Superintendent, in collaboration with the Command, determines the status of the schools during inclement weather. When the decision is made to close or delay the opening of school, MCB Quantico G-3 personnel will notify the local radio and television stations with the decision.
The following radio stations will announce closing:
- WPWC 1480 (am) Quantico
- WFLS 1350 (AM) Fredericksburg
- WTEK 106.7 (FM)
- WCXR 105.9 (FM); 93.3 (FM)
- WDCT 13.10 (AM)
The parents of students who are registered at one of the schools on MCB Quantico will receive an automated telephonic message from school personnel when schools are delayed, closed, or dismissing early due to circumstances listed below. The telephone call with this automated message will be made to each telephone number on file in the student data base. The Base Cable TV Channel 72 will also carry the announcement.
In the event announcement of closing the base schools is not broadcast prior to 7:15 a.m., normal routine day will be in effect for all personnel. The base website will also carry closure information. Go to: www.quantico.usmc.mil
After the School Day Has Begun
Circumstances where the closing of school may be necessary are lack of electricity or fuel, breakdown of equipment, severe weather conditions or national emergencies.
We request that you make prior emergency arrangements for your child to stay with a neighbor or condition them as to what they should do in such a situation. We relay such closing to the local radio station and call as many parents of four-year old and kindergarten students as possible depending on the situation. Our school system carries on an active in-service program. This requires early school closing at times during the school year. Announcements will be made to parents when this occurs.
NOTE: In case schools are closed temporarily because of an epidemic, snow, or for other necessary cause, the Superintendent may require such loss of time to be made up within the school term or may extend the school term.
Quantico Schools are not part of Prince William or Stafford County School Systems. Announcements pertaining to these two systems do not affect Quantico Schools.