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School System Announces New Parent Communication System

Release Date: 7/10/2009 9:39:28 AM

The Carroll County Public School System is now using the AlertNow Rapid Communication Service to provide parents with information from their child’s school and the school system. AlertNow replaces eSchoolnewsletter and is capable of delivering both e-mail and phone alerts at no charge to parents.
     
AlertNow was piloted in six Carroll County schools during the 2008-2009 school year. Positive feedback and valuable input has been received from the participating schools and parents.
 
Among the enhanced capabilities of AlertNow is a feature that allows the schools to send phone alerts to parents. Phone alerts will be limited to high priority and emergency messages such as:
  • closings or delays due to inclement weather or emergencies
  • attendance calls
  • cancellation of school activities
  • interim report and report card reminders.
 Other information will be sent via e-mail. Examples include:
  • school newsletters
  • announcements of upcoming events and activities
  • parent group updates
  • information from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools.
 According to Stephen Guthrie, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, “The AlertNow electronic newsletter and telephone calling system provides a great vehicle for the school system to enhance our communications to the Carroll County school community for not only routine information but in emergency situations as well.”
     
Parents and guardians will not need to subscribe to this communication system. All contact information will be taken from the student information system, which is based on the information provided on the emergency procedure cards. This will provide schools with the flexibility to target newsletters and other communications to parents of students by grade, homeroom teacher, bus number, and other criteria.
     
Schools will begin sending communications using the AlertNow system in August.

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