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Central Valley School District near Spokane, Washington, hadn’t passed a bond in 17 years. In February 2015, the district overcame its history of failed referendums, a vocal No campaign and a 60 percent voter approval requirement to pass its $121.9 million bond with nearly 70 percent approval.

3/3/2015

If you only had one tool to communicate with your parents today, what would it be? Flyers, phone calls, emails, text messages? What about a mobile app? Today’s interactive parents are always on, and they expect the same of you. They want access to real-time, personalized information about their student, and they want to know that you can reach them when it counts. More and more, school communication plans must incorporate mobile to more effectively and efficiently connect with digitally fluent parents and students.

When Linda Quinn became superintendent of Washington’s Ferndale School District in 2009, it was the start of a new era for the district, one that included some unprecedented challenges. 

This software allows schools to quickly send alerts and announcements to parents, teachers and staff by phone, text message or email. The system includes 30 pre-recorded and customizable messages translated into 11 languages. Typed messages can be instantly translated into one of 52 languages.

Year: 
2014

This automated messaging service allows users to automatically send voice and text messages—such as district announcements or emergency alerts. Administrators can send messages to designated groups or to all contacts. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time or transmitted immediately.

Year: 
2014

School and district administrators can connect directly with students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni through a school or district’s custom-tailored app. Apps by SchoolInfoApp feature a newsfeed, event calendars, contact directory, interactive maps, quick links, picture and document galleries, student tools, and social media integration. It works with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Reader Testimony: 

“This app allows me to communicate quickly and effectively with my entire school community. The faculty, staff, students, parents and community continue to rave about this product. It’s not uncommon to hear comments such as, ‘I can’t believe every school doesn’t have this app.’ The school community has instant access to my posts, schedules of school and athletic events, student handbooks, photos, and anything else that I choose to share.” — Stenette Byrd, principal, Suffolk Public Schools, Va.

Year: 
2014

SchoolReach is a school notification system that helps educational leaders send schedule change notices, weather advisories, lunch balance notifications, emergency alerts, and other messages to parents via voice, text, email, and social media. A free smartphone app allows school administrators to send notifications directly from an iPhone or Android phone.

Year: 
2013

SchoolMessenger delivers timely messages through voice, text, email, social media, RSS, desktop popup alerts, and website postings. Districts use this service to deliver daily attendance notifications, emergency broadcasts, general outreach messages, student-specific classroom updates, and surveys.

Year: 
2013

This software allows schools to quickly send alerts and announcements to parents, teachers, staff, and communities by phone, text message, or email. The system includes 30 pre-recorded and customizable messages translated into 11 languages. Typed messages can be instantly translated into one of 52 languages.

Reader Testimony: 

“We use One Call Now for district and building announcements, and we have created groups that allow us to call just those parents who are involved in certain activities without calling everyone. One Call Now is also an important part of our crisis plan.”

—Nancy Montgomery, technical support specialist, Felicity-Franklin Local School District, Ohio

Year: 
2013

The ParentLink mobile app gives the school community a personalized window into what is happening at a school. With this app, educators can post grades, assignments, and attendance reports along with news, events, and announcements.

Year: 
2013

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