GF School District picks emergency alert system for parent notifications

Friday, May 15, 2009

GREEN FOREST -- The school district has chosen a telephone service to quickly notify parents with emergency alerts and general announcements of interest.

SchoolReach, the fastest-growing parent notification service used among K-12 public schools in the United States, is currently used by more than 4,200 schools in 49 states. It provides an effective and affordable way for school officials to send personally recorded messages.

"Having access to this service equips Green Forest School District with a strong communications tool that will be used during non-emergency and urgent situations to keep the parents of our students informed in a timely manner," said Chandra Anderson, assistant principal of Green Forest Intermediate School. "We believe that the flexibility of the SchoolReach system will help strengthen the partnership between school and home."

SchoolReach allows a school administrator to record a brief message for delivery to an extensive, or selective, list of parents, teachers or students, simultaneously. Greeted by the familiar voice of a school representative, after seeing their school's Caller ID, parents immediately know that the message is important. The rapid messaging process takes only minutes for the notification to reach parents. Replacing older forms of communication, such as phone trees and sending notes home with students, the system allows for beneficial, timely distribution of accurate and vital information.

"Schools struggle with 'immediate, same day, or night-before' notices to parents," said Paul Langhorst, vice president of operations at GroupCast, SchoolReach's parent company. "SchoolReach fills this need perfectly and requires no additional hardware, software, or phone lines to operate the solution. We are very pleased that Green Forest School District recognizes the value of having a proactive system like SchoolReach in their communications tool kit."

Schools already using the SchoolReach system have found that it is an ideal way to provide parents with updates, such as school closings, meeting reminders, and even rumor abatement. And because the SchoolReach system is able to call parents at a preferred phone number or multiple phone numbers, including work, home, or cell phone numbers, the system also performs extremely well in emergency situations, like lockdowns, or whenever every second is critical.

More information about SchoolReach can be found at www.schoolreach.com.

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