REACH Alerts: Severe Weather/Emergency Status/School Closing
In the case of severe weather, emergency status or unexpected closings, delays and dismissals the superintendent will enable the REACH Alert System that sends school alerts via text messages, phone calls (cell or landline) and/or emails.
To register for REACH Alert, simply follow the following steps:
- Go to reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT and then select CREATE ACCOUNT to establish your initial account.
- Follow the prompts.
- When prompted for Network Name, enter Anchorage School and click on the school name when it appears in the dropdown list.
- When prompted for a role, select parent.
- Be sure to select to receive “alerts”. Individuals only registering to receive “Reminders” will not receive school closing information.
- Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on JOIN and select the City of Anchorage network.
If you opted to receive text alerts, REACH Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. If you do not receive this message, please call REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313 for assistance. After you have completed the registration process, you may add other phone numbers and email addresses. From your dashboard page, click on the second tab at the top of the page – CONTACT INFO. From this page you will see where you can add and delete numbers and addresses.
If you already have registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage, your place of employment, child care center, another school, or any other organization you can skip the registration process and simply go to www.reachalert.com and login to your current account and click on JOIN NETWORK on the right side of your dashboard page. Enter Anchorage School and click on our name in the dropdown list and follow the prompts.
Official announcements for school closing may also be heard over WHAS radio and local TV stations. Listen for Anchorage Public School information. It is important to remember that Anchorage School does not follow Jefferson County’s decisions on school closings.
Please note, last winter when we had a snow day, some families learned they had signed up for “reminders” instead of “alerts” in error, and therefore did not receive the snow day message. We recommend that families select both boxes, as shown below, however you must select “alert” to receive severe weather or emergency messages. Also, we use the same service as the City of Anchorage, so alerts will come from the same phone number. If your cell phone has auto labeled the “sender” as “City of Anchorage” or “Angie Chick” you need to be aware that school messages deliver from that phone number as well. Please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for assistance.