Communications and Public Information

Pine Tree ISD's Communications Office facilitates open communication within the school district and between the district and community. It is our goal to promote community awareness of the district, address issues, encourage participation and increase community involvement. Our office recognizes its responsibility to ensure open communication and understanding of Pine Tree ISD, its endeavors and its accomplishments. We hope the links and information below can help you, but do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. Go Pirates!

The primary functions of the PTISD Communications Office are: recognition of district student, staff and campus accomplishment; public and media relations; crisis communications; and marketing. The Communications Office offers a variety of communication tools to facilitate both internal and external communication, including the following:

  • Advertising
  • Business Partnerships
  • Community Relations
  • Crisis Communication
  • Digital Communication (e-newsletter)
  • District Publications
  • District Website and Social Media
  • Media Relations
  • Public Information
  • Public Relations
  • Recognition of District Student and Staff Accomplishments
  • Mass Notification System 
  • Social Media 

This department is responsible for directing and managing all district communications functions while ensuring strategies are in alignment with the district's values and core beliefs.

News and photos may be submitted for consideration in district publications and local news media sources. To request a news release or other publicity, contact the public information office. Each campus has a designated webmaster to post information on campus websites.  Pine Tree ISD seeks to provide consistent, accurate, and timely information in a coordinated manner to the community and the media.  


When inclement weather is a possibility, Pine Tree ISD officials monitor weather conditions during the overnight and early morning hours. The district takes several factors into consideration before making a decision to cancel school, delay school, or dismiss school early due to inclement weather.  Chief among these considerations is the health and safety of our students and staff.


Cancellations, Delays, and Early Releases - How Decisions are Made

When inclement weather threatens normal school operations, the following steps are taken:

1.  The district's Director of Transportation leads a team that evaluates the roadways and travel conditions across the district.

2. The Superintendent consults with PTISD transportation staff and has access to information from emergency management officials, meteorologists, the highway department, and the sheriff's department.

3. After taking into account all the information that is received from internal and external resources, the  Superintendent will make a decision as early as possible whether to delay or cancel school.


The Communication Process - What Happens Next

When a decision is made to cancel school, delay school, or dismiss school early, the district will notify parents using the School Messenger mass notification system and the Pine Tree ISD website will be updated as quickly as possible.  

Information about school closures, delays, or early dismissal also will be communicated through the media, including but not limited to:


School Messenger (email and phone)

Social Media - Facebook , Instagram and Twitter @PTISDPirates

Local Media outlets including radio, TV and print/online newspapers

Because of the uncertainty of weather conditions, we ask parents and staff to monitor email, the Pine Tree ISD website, social media and local media before heading to school or sending children to the bus stop.