We encourage parents and guardians to visit their children during the school day, especially during assemblies and special activities.
The MSD of Martinsville has implemented a new visitor policy for each school within the district. Per standard guidelines, visitors must report to the office to check-in. Now, a license or state ID must be on hand to complete a limited background check. Visitors may not have immediate access to the interior of the school.
Please note when preparing to visit any MSD of Martinsville school:
Additional Safety Information:
Surveillance cameras are placed on school buses and in the interior and exteriors of school buildings. We have over 300 cameras in our district.
It is the desire of the Board of School Trustees to provide a safe and secure environment for students on buses and in our schools. To this end, the Board of School Trustees authorizes the use of audio-video systems on buses and in schools.
All tapes created as a result of such monitoring are the property of the MSD of Martinsville and access is restricted. Tapes will be maintained for a reasonable period of time and then may be recorded over. Tapes may be viewed only at prescribed locations and upon the authority granted by the Superintendent.
Information obtained as a result of such monitoring may be used to initiate and/or support disciplinary action and to improve safety.
A tip line is now available for anyone to submit a safety concern. To submit a tip, click the link below OR click the icon located in the middle of the MSD of Martinsville’s homepage.
Students who need to leave school early due to an emergency are required to sign out at their school’s front office. When leaving school, students are only allowed to be picked up by parents, guardians, or emergency contacts listed in Skyward. (Please review contact info in Skyward.)
Per state requirements and to ensure the safety of our students, the MSD of Martinsville practices weather, fire, and lockdown drills regularly to familiarize students with proper procedure in case of an emergency.
If there is a possibility of snow or ice, our team will begin driving roads between 4:00 am and 4:30 am. We will cover the main, public roads in our district. With the short amount of time available before a decision must be made and due to the over 300 miles of roads in our district, unfortunately, we are unable to drive on every road. After checking road conditions throughout the district, our team will meet at 5:15 am. By 5:30 am, we will make the decision to cancel or delay school.
When a school closing or delay is necessary, the following communication procedures will be implemented:
A two-hour delay may be necessary during the academic year. Our decision to delay school includes both wind speed and temperature. Please note that even though the temperature is below zero, we may not have a delay. The MSD of Martinsville uses the weather chart from the National Weather Service as a starting point for our decision-making process. For reference, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/wind_chill.shtml
As a district, we will make a decision concerning dismissal as early as possible.
Our early dismissal communication plan includes:
Family Weather Plan
We encourage you as a family to develop a weather emergency plan that addresses two questions:
We find that when parents have discussed these issues with children beforehand, it helps alleviate stress when school begins late or is dismissed early.
Is Your Contact Info Up-To-Date? School Messenger Telephone System
To ensure that parents or guardians receive timely district calls or notifications about a student emergency, injury, or sickness, our School Messenger telephone system depends on accurate telephone numbers and email addresses. The telephone and emails are populated from Skyward. Please login to your Skyward account to review the information listed for your child.
Parents or guardians, please provide your child’s school with any updated information concerning custody or a ‘no contact’order. We will keep all the information on file. The details of the child custody/no contact orders will be kept private and never distributed to a third party or used in any manner.
Revisions to a Custody Order
If a custody order is already on file in our administration office and updates have been made, please send the revised agreement to us in writing and signed by both parties. (Telephone calls are not sufficient.) Unless the updated agreement is in strict violation of the court order, we are able to accept the most recent version and will incorporate the changes moving forward.
If a request by one parent is in strict violation of the court order, we are obligated and required by law to follow the court order.
Our goal is to have both parents involved in their child’s education; therefore, both parents will have access to their child’s teacher and educational information unless a judge has stated otherwise. If a parent has moved from our community, please email us by clicking (contact us) on this website or send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to your child’s school to receive your requested information.
Custody orders may be uncomfortable for children. We are happy to work with parents to create a safe and respectful environment for your child.
‘No Contact’ Order
Please email or print a copy of the ‘no contact’ order and send it to your child’s school. We will keep a copy on file.