School cancelations oh no, but....

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@byfaithonly (10716)
United States
February 14, 2007 8:09am CST
I had a restless night last night and actually slept late for me this morning but was woken to the sound of the phone ringing at 6:10 a.m. It was a recorded message from my son's school, "Good morning and Happy Valentines Day Western School District parent. We are calling to let you know there will be no school today due to inclimate weather. Thank you have a great day."This is a new system our school district just started this school year. All parent's phone numbers are programed into the system and any time there is a special notice the school pushes a button and a recorded message calls all the parents in the district. Needless to say I'm not thrilled about my son being home yet another day to drive me crazy but I love this system. No more calling to check, wondering if there will be school, or getting kids up and ready only to have school canceled. So far I've gotten 4 phone calls, 3 were because of weather but one was there had been a bomb threat at the school and the recording informed parents the students at the high school and middle school (right next door to each other) had all been evacuated to a loction 3 miles from the school. We could pick them up there or at a set time the buses would leave there and deliver the kids to their homes. I love this system, with so many parents working it is often hours before you know of situations like this and then get mixed messages. Is there any system like this at your school district? Are there any other things about your school that you are greatful for? So many times schools get blamed for a lot of bad stuff, I think it's time they get some recognition for the good things they do.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
We usualy dont get to know untill about 30 min before the kids get on the buss. Most of the time it is because of flooding and our area floods before the school so we pretty well know when they artent going. We live in a small comunity and we all get personal phone calls from teachers however when it is because of weather it would be nice not to have to get my son ready, he is in pree school and gets very upset when he doesnt get to go to school, even on saturday and sunday !
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Feb 07
That's how we used to do it, each teacher would get a call and then they would call each student in their class. I worked for the school for 3 years and the support staff had their own little network - someone would call me and then I had a list of five people I would call and those five would call five more until everyone had been called.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Sounds like a lot of work and a lot of time. I am glad you have this new system to make sure the parent know early.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Cheer up at least you get to spend quality time with your kids, If you lived in Florida or various other parts of the South, your kids would be in school.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Feb 07
There was a time that this was true but he's 15 and about the last thing he wants to do on a "free day" is hang out with Mom. "There's nothing to eat" although the freezer, fridge and pantry are full. "Can you give me a ride to ...", "Can you go pick ... up", "Can I have some money", and "I wish the plows would brake down so we don't have school tomorrow either" every time a plow goes by.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I don,t have any children in school because mine are grown up now,however i have been a subsitute in the school where i live and we had no such system..It sounds like a very good system.We would just know the student was absent and had to wait until the next day,hoping the parent would send an excuse,sometimes the student would skip school without permission from the parent,we would ask the student for a permission slip from the parent,if we did not get one we would have to contact the parent..The system we had failed a lot,so it sounds like your school system has got a very good thing going on there.I do hope other school systems get the message and start doing what your school is doing,it would really be a great asset..
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Yes, it is a great system. We have a different process for kids who don't show up at school. Student office aids get the list of absentees and make the first call. If a parent can't be reached at the house then the secretary calls the "alternative" phone number - this is usually parent's work number, another relative, or parent's cell phone. If a parent calls in saying a student won't be to school the secretary gets those calls and if she suspects it's a student she'll also call the alternate number to varify.
• United States
14 Feb 07
Our school district has a web site that I can go and check on what is happening (at the elementary or the Jr High where my 2 boys go) at the schools. I can check class assignments and upcoming events. What is really cool is the Basmati system the district has in place. I can go log-in to a separate section on the website and check each of my children's grades in all of their classes. Each class + teacher is listed and I can see what grade they got on all tests, assignments and homework. I do not have to wait for reports cards to know what is going on and I can e-mail the teacher directly with any questions or concerns. I use Basmasti weekly! Anyway, on the website they will list school closings, and I have signed up for e-mail notification of delays, early dismissals and closings. The school put today's closing up on the website last night by 7 p.m., but it is always up on the site by 6 a.m. if there is a delay. The school also gives the info to the local radio stations so it is hard to miss the info unless you are just out and about without access to local news or a computer. We did have one bomb threat at the one school and I was actually called at work to be notified of where the kids were going to be - that must have been some effort to try and get in contact with each parent/guardian! The PTO is very active in the schools and have monthly family night programs with is a great thing to help bring the community in. The Jr/Senior High have a wonderful music/band program and they travel the state and out of state to perform. They have even been to the White House to give a performance. My 13 year old is in the band and the public concerts they give during the year actually sound like music (if you know what I mean!) ~ at the spring and winter concerts they professional record and offer the CD's up for sale to help support the program. The schools do have their problems, but it is nice to know that there is a whole lot of right things going on too.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Yes we too have the web site and news programs but many times the power is out and we can't get those. The news stations it never fails I watch and watch and just when we get to our county I need to go to the bathroom or something. We also have where you can check on the grades and assignments - this is great when kids want to do something after school but the stipulation is not until homework is done, they can no longer say, "We don't have any."
14 Feb 07
I think that is a great idea. We have to make a 30 minute walk to school, so I would be really annoyed if it was shut when we got there. However I'm not sure I would be happy being woken up that early in the morning to be told!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Yea, my son hates just being woke up early if he doesn't have to he would really have a fit if he walked to school and found out he had to turn around and walk back home. I don't mind the early calls, but I'm a morning person and it's very rare that I sleep until 6. Normal for me is 4:30-5 o'clock.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Our school district has nothing like that- It would be welcomed. Right now we have to watch the local news on tv to see if their are school closings. What about the parents that work early and get their kids up to go to daycare? Not real early but early.. Today I got up at 6.. Hopped in shower-- Daughter had school... Woke her up-- she got in shower... came out and school was closed-- in less than 5 minutes time! ARGH!! She could have slept in.. Another thing that gets me-- I'm at work when my daughter is in school-- school has my work # and cell phone #... still they call my home phone to reach me?? If my daughter goes to nurse etc. and they wonder why I don't call back! I have told them several times-- I would love a school district that actually knew what they were doing!
@XxAngelxX (2831)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
WOW! I love that idea! I wish our schools would do it as well. I hate getting up in the mornings and having to listen to the radio to see if school is cancelled or not. Most times I have just missed hearing it and have to wait another 15 minutes or so. I try not to wake my children if I think there is not going to be any school, which is fine when I am right, but if I'm wrong then we're all rushing around trying to get ready. My school has a safe arrival program which I think is great. It is all run by volunteers, but if your child doesn't show up at school they will call you to let you know. I think it's a wonderful idea. Now I wonder how to suggest they implement the system your school has,lol. I think that's great.
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@kaydee10 (268)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
Wow that's a really good system of the school. No hassle of calling if there's school or none. I hope they could do that here in the Philippines
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@allwin (297)
• India
15 Feb 07
yeah... my school shapped my life so well... itz rare to find a school like the one in which i studied.... well they had so much to help our learnin to be more fun... we had a zoo in the capus... a swimming pool.... quite a thing for an ordinary school!!!
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• Australia
15 Feb 07
No there is not a system exactly the same, we have SMS systems that send messages to all teh parents when something is wrong/ child hasn't come 2 school ect. its good i suppose but u may not get the SMS
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@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
that's really great... it does really helps parents a lot and reduce the hassles... you are right... sometimes we only blame the school for the bad things that they do but we never remember the good things that they do for us... sometimes we need to give good credit to school as well...
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@candygurl24 (1880)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
I will be suggesting this at the next PTA meeting at my daughter's school. We don't have any type of system in place for school cancellations. My daughter gets up, eats, then I ship her off out the door to meet up with her friend. They play for about 10 minutes before the bus comes, and on days that it doesn't come, we don't know until it's about 10 minutes after it's usual pick up time. They have announcements on the very small and inadequate radio station here, which most people in this town just cannot get. Both of my stereos pick up every other station but that one...it's just a real tick off. Thanks for such a wonderful idea to present! I'm sure that I can get alot of parents on board with this.
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@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
That's great!! We do not have a system like that in our country. We have to go to school, call our school or listen to the radio for announcements if their are floods..
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15 Feb 07
Wow, that is a great idea! We don't have anything like that where we are. If it's snowing we have to listen to the radio for the list of schools that aren't opening. It would be much easier if we got a phone call though. Usually we end up getting there then being sent home. They don't take any chances because we live in a rural area and if it starts to snow heavily people can't get home. As for bomb threats, well we never have those lol.
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• India
15 Feb 07
My 2 and a half year old son is in play school. If there is any sudden plan of holiday they would inform us over the phone in the morning. So it ir really easy for us. Also for next day hoilday they provide a slip in the bag and also inform us over the phone. Also they will give every week report of the kid on every friday and what all they have done etc..
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15 Feb 07
My childrens' school uses this system as well. It is so nice for me. I also registered my email address, so I don't have to be woke up by the phone, that is even nicer. It's also great not having to stare at the bottom of the TV screen constantly when the weather is bad. I give my school an A+ for having this system.
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@raven33 (70)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Mine's been off the last two days due to the snow also. I wish we had this system. It has been easier though since I found I could register with the local news station for email notifications on delays or school cancellations...so much easier (and quicker) than waiting for it to be announced over the TV or radio in the morning.
• United States
15 Feb 07
We have this system. We have used it for other reasons as inclement weather happens here rarely. Our parents get reminders about Back-to-School nites, absence verification, or other special events. Other than the absences, we don't use it frequently, but it is nice to know it is possible to get to that many families if something comes up and we don't have time to start a phone tree.
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@casper65 (38)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Wow that is nice.Here we can hear such recorded message when we call up the school to enquire whether it is a working day. However the silver lining is the the school calls home to do a safety check when the child has not attend school on a particular day!
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Wow, I wish my child's school had this. I have to get up and check the news for school closings. It's not fun, because our county starts with an R so I have to sit and watch it go through the list of counties. This is the 2nd year my child has been going to her new school. It's a good school educational wise. I just wish the teachers would update the parents faster on things for parties, field trips and such.
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