Emergency School Closings


A variety of circumstances may require district officials to close school, delay opening or call for an early dismissal. Families should prepare for the possibility of unexpected closings by keeping information in Infinite Campus up to date and having a plan your children know to ensure they have a safe place to be if school is called off.

Factors affecting decision about closing

Swallow School is part of a transportation consortium. Because of this partnership, Arrowhead High School and the seven area K-8 districts operate as one whenever it is necessary to cancel school or delay buses in the morning due to inclement weather. The goal is to make a decision prior to 6:00 a.m. so this information can be communicated to television and radio stations. Parents should be alert to weather that has the potential to close school and listen for the announcement beginning at 6:00 a.m.

In rare circumstances, such as water main breaks or other emergencies which ONLY affect one school building or district, it is possible that not all Arrowhead Area Schools would cancel schools for the day. Families will be notified through School Messenger when the decision has been made to cancel school, regardless of the reason. If you want to confirm that school is closed, you can check Swallow School’s website.

How families are notified

If it becomes necessary to dismiss school early, parents will also be notified via School Messenger. Local radio and television stations will be asked to make an announcement. It will also be posted on the school website. Please verify your information is current in Infinite Campus. We recommend you review an early dismissal plan with your children so they know where to go. 

Following are details about the School Messenger automated notification system:

  • Calls and texts likely will occur between 5:15 – 6:30 a.m. if school is cancelled or delayed.

  • The system will call the numbers provided in Infinite Campus, including home, work and cell phone numbers.

  • The technology is not able to dial extensions, advance through an automated attendant message system or call toll free numbers.

  • If a call goes to voicemail or an answering machine, the system will leave a message.

  • Information will be posted on the district website home page when the calling system has been activated.

We know that canceling school or dismissing early can cause major inconveniences. Whenever we make this decision, the safety of students will be our primary consideration. We ask for your understanding and help when these conditions develop. 


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