Emergency and School Closure Notifications


In the event of an emergency situation, we use multiple communication channels to provide parents and the community with timely and accurate information. If you become aware that an emergency situation has occured at your child’s school, please DO NOT call the school and DO NOT travel to the school. Emergency communications will be implemented as soon as information is available and parents will be provided information about the situation and where/when to pick up their child.

Automated Calling System (PowerAnnounce)

The district’s mass notification automated calling system may be used for school closures and emergencies. This method of contacting families relies on up-to-date emergency phone numbers for each student.

  • In the event of a school-wide or district-wide emergency, this system will simultaneously provide a phone notification to all affected student families.
  • If your child is in Elementary School, contact the Elementary School your child attends.
  • If your child attends James W. Parker Middle School or General McLane High School, please visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal and verify your contact information.
  • Guidelines for Weather Closings and Delays

If you wish to opt out of this calling system, please notify the school district office at 814-273-1033.

Social Media, Radio, Print, and TV

We publish alerts and notification on the General McLane School District home page, Facebook page and on Twitter (@GeneralMcLaneSD).

Media outlets are notified and media releases prepared by district staff.