A Message from the Superintendent
February 2, 2016
The Petal School District faced a significant challenge today. Emergency Management Officials advised us at 10:52 a.m. that all buses needed to be off the roads by 4:00 p.m. because of the threat of severe weather. We immediately started planning for an early release schedule. We needed to dismiss our elementary students by 12:30 p.m. to allow time for the buses to be back at the secondary schools by 2:00 p.m. to get those students home and buses off the roads by 4:00 p.m.
We entered a district-wide alert to parents into our messaging system at 11:09 a.m. By 11:20 a.m. we realized it was not sending out the message. A phone call was made to the company requesting immediate attention. We were told that a request would be put in for a technician to contact us. Because of the urgency of the situation, each school was contacted to see if they could send a message from their individual school. Once those were entered, some of them indicated they were not sending and they were entered again. Once the system engaged and started sending messages, it sent out all messages that had been entered.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to parents who received numerous messages and phone calls. We hope parents understand our intent was to get the information out as soon as possible to assure the safety of our students. We are thankful for our dedicated employees, who were flexible with the unexpected schedule, and ensured the needs of students were met.
We appreciate the support of parents and our community as we continue to make safety our top priority.
Matthew L. Dillon, Ph.D.