When inclement weather or other situations make it necessary to close school or to open later than usual, information may be obtained in a variety of ways - checking for notifications by email, registering for an emergency notification system called FlashAlert and receiving their messages, listening/watching the local radio and television stations, or visiting local media websites.
As a general rule, St. Joseph Catholic School follows the closure and delay schedule of Vancouver Public Schools. There may, however, be times when Vancouver schools remain open or without delay, but we have made the decision at St. Joe’s to close or delay. Any deviation from Vancouver Public Schools will be shared by email, FlashAlert, or notices shared through local media.
In any of these scenarios, we will get the information shared with FlashAlert so it can be distributed to you through the channels you’ve indicated when you registered with the FlashAlert system. We will also send an email to all families using the school’s email system.
The safety of students is paramount. If you live outside the Vancouver district boundaries and your local school district is closed or opening late, you may follow your local school district’s directions. Your safety is most important, if you don’t feel it’s safe to travel to school, please don’t try, your child’s absence will be excused.
If school is closed or starts late, morning Extended Care will be cancelled. If school closes early, Extended Care will also be closed. If school begins late, morning PreK will be cancelled but full day PreK will still be held on the late start schedule. If school opens two hours late, salad bar will not be offered as a lunch option.
If you haven’t yet registered for FlashAlert, please visit St. Joseph Parish/School Page and create an account. You can enter multiple email addresses and also utilize the FlashAlert app to get notifications to your phone.
Alert Systems & Registration Information (PDF)
We will now share emergency communications via text and email to the cell phone numbers and email provided by families and entered in PowerSchool. Periodically, messages may come via voice mail. If your number or email changes, please notify the school office right away.