Automated Phone and Email Messages

Automated Communications

Dallastown Area School District’s automated phone and email system is used for general information calls as well as delay or cancelation notifications.

Parents who are not receiving messages should contact their child’s school and verify the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • School
  • Phone number/email address you would like added or deleted

Weather-Related School Closing/Delay Information

Below you will find the District’s procedures should it require a change in schedule. It is important that families be prepared, so please make sure your child understands when you expect them to return home in the event of an early dismissal.

School Closings

Unless there is an announcement, assume that school is in session as scheduled. Typically, a decision to delay or close school is made prior to 5:45 a.m. However, there have been times where the weather worsened during the morning hours and a decision was made later than 5:45 a.m.

Two Hour Delays

If the decision is made to start later, schools will open two hours after normal start time and buses will run two hours later than normal route times.

Early Dismissals

On the days when it is necessary to dismiss school early, middle and high schools will dismiss first. To the best of our ability, we will provide families with as much advance notice as possible to make arrangements for childcare.


Once a decision has been made, we will use several communication avenues to notify parents, students, and staff as quickly as possible.

  • Automated Phone System – Notification will be made to all home and cell telephone numbers, work numbers and email addresses. If you have not received phone calls from the District this school year, please contact your child’s school to ensure the District has your correct contact information.
  • District Website – Closing information will always be posted on the homepage of the Dallastown Area School District website.
  • Social Media – Information will be shared on the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Please note, due to the time needed for our automated system to process messages, there may be some instances in which the information is available on social media before you receive a call, email, or text from the District.
  • Other – Details will also be reported to local radio and television stations. 

  • When deciding whether to cancel, delay, or dismiss school early, there are multiple factors to be considered, but always at the forefront of our decision-making process is the safety of our children and District staff members.

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