Schools Instant Notification

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 9, 2006

Parents know it can be difficult to get messages from their children's school, whether a flier gets thrown away or the kids just forget, but one local school district may have a high-tech solution.

Instant Alert would allow Fluvanna Schools to be proactive contacting parents in emergency situations.

The principal, school, or district would be able to get in touch with parents by phone, cell phone, email, pager, or PDA and send time sensitive messages instantly. For example parents would be notified of weather delays and school closings. They can also send individual messages about a sick child. Parents voluntarily sign-up and would still be able to get information via phone and Internet like it is right now.

The Fluvanna County School Board will decide tonight whether or not to implement the program.

"We want to communicate to our parents about what's going on in our school and so this is a way, another step, to communicate. And a very clear channel of communication," said Assistant Superintendent Maurice Carter.

The system would cost about $3 dollars per student, which in Fluvanna averages to about $11,000. Nelson County Public Schools are one of the 22 school systems in Virginia that already use this system.

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