SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Public Schools is offering another way for parents and staff to stay in the loop.
SPS is rolling out its new text alert system this week to keep parents and staff updated.
To this point important messages have been relayed through social media, as well as automated phone calls.
Now, alerts are being sent straight to your text message inbox.
It’s a message that every parent of Springfield students should receive this week. Wilder Elementary PTA President Julie Dipper was pleasantly surprised to get her message yesterday.
“Well I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting it,” Dipper says. “This is going to be a good tool to use for the district to let parents know when something is going on that we need to be aware of.”
Emergencies, school cancellations, and weather impacts are among some of the things that will be sent out to parents. Dipper is glad that she will have more ways to stay aware of another issue on parents minds.
“School safety is a hot topic right now. For parents, it’s that safety concern.”
Chief Communications Officer at SPS Stephen Hall says that this is a good opportunity for parents to make sure they have current information on file.
“We do know sometimes that changes over the course of a school year. When parents register their student at the beginning of the school year, that may be quite different over the course of a school year,” Hall explains.
While this service is available, it isn’t something that is mandatory for parents.
“There is nothing that you have to do to opt-in,” Hall says. “If they would like to opt-out of receiving those messages in the future, they just need to reply with that message, STOP.”
Some other districts have already implemented these types of alerts, but it is something that Julie Dipper is glad to see as a parent.
“Yeah we probably are a little bit overdue,” she says. “I’m just thankful that we are actually doing it now. Anything the district can do to reinforce the message that communicating to parents is a high priority for them.”
This service will be available for parents and staff only, but not for students.
Hall says that they have other ways of quickly communicating with students in the building.
If you haven’t received your first alert message yet, Hall says it should come some time this week.