Parents of Lubbock Independent School District students are now just a phone call away from being more involved with the school. On Tuesday, LISD launched a new parent notification system that will take effect this school year.
LISD made more than 50,000 phone calls Tuesday night and say with a success rate above 85 percent their new parent notification system works. "This is just one more way to communicate with our parents that they stay well involved in what's happening at school," said Nancy Sharp with LISD.
LISD is now able to send mass messages to parent's home and cell phones, about virtually anything. "We are going to train the schools so they will be able to use this for their own announcements for everything from a PTA meeting to an open house to any school related announcement they need to make," said Executive Director of Information Systems Terry Driscoll.
Other examples are weather delays, attendance calls, if a child does not show up to school, and especially in emergency situations. "I know last year we had a campus where there was a gas leak, and a building that we evacuated children, they were in no harm, but that would be a great opportunity to be able to call from that campus and let parents know that everything was going smoothly, you're child was safe and what was happening," said Sharp.
And last spring's rumor about a shooting at Monterey High School could be cleared up with one message home to parents. "This is just another step to be able to communicate and have that involvement that we all know produces a much more successful student," said Superintendent Wayne Havens.
Messages can be sent district wide, to individual schools, and even groups. "If the marching band needs to be notified of a delay, they would be able to do that," said Driscoll.
On Tuesday night LISD will be testing the new notification system. They plan on calling all parents between seven and nine.
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