Is any special equipment needed to offer and use PreK-12 Notification?
No. Announcements are made from any standard telephone.
Our budget is always tight. How
much does PreK-12 Notification cost?
The price for PreK-12 Notification is
a low, fixed annual charge based on the number of students. There are
no hardware or software costs, usage fees, or other charges. Please
contact Prek-12 Notification at 1-800-846-4630 for additional details.
How often can schools use the service?
Usage varies by PreK-12 Notification package. Select from two packages:
- PreK-12 Notification - schools can send up to 12 messages per year.
- PreK-12 Notification Plus - send unlimited messages per year.
When can the service be used?
PreK-12 Notification is
available for use 24/7. We recommend that emergency messages be
sent as soon as information is available. For non-emergency
reminders, messages can be recorded at your convenience and scheduled for delivery
at any time. Most schools deliver non-emergency messages in the evening when families are
most likely to be at home.
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How do school announcements reach parents?
After the school official records and sends the PreK-12 Notification announcement, parents' primary
phone numbers are immediately called with the recorded voice message.
The message is recorded on voicemail or an answering machine if there is no answer.
In emergency situations, messages are sent to a "Family Emergency Contact
List" consisting of up to 4 phone number and 4 email addresses. The email instructs parents to call a
toll-free number to hear the urgent school announcement.
What if no one is home to receive the school announcement?
If there is no answer, the
school announcement will be left on voicemail or an answering
machine. When there is no answering machine or voicemail
service, PreK-12 Notification will redial every fifteen minutes for up to
PreK-12 Notification be used in addition to other means now being used
to communicate with families?
Yes. Schools are encouraged
to continue using other traditional means to reach families including
radio and television broadcasts. PreK-12 Notification is a valuable complement
to existing methods as it can reach families more quickly and in more ways.
a family's phone number is protected by a privacy manager program
(call blocking service) will school announcements get through?
Yes, but only if the call
blocking service is programmed to accept calls from PreK-12 Notification.
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we assure parents that their account information, phone numbers and
email addresses will be secure and that confidential information will
not be shared with third parties?
Yes. We have a strict privacy
policy. Schools and families can be assured that personal information is
secure and, under no circumstances, will phone numbers or email addresses
be shared with third parties. Please see our Privacy & Security Notice for details.
How are family and staff contact data set up?
One primary phone number for each family and staff is extracted electronically from the school database. Multiple options are available for data setup and transfer.
Families have the option to have up to 4 phone numbers and 4 email addresses to receive emergency announcements. Families manage their own emergency contact list [exclusive feature of PreK-12 Notification] by telephone or internet.
Can we select which families are contacted when we send a message?
Yes. Schools can send a message to all school
families, to all families within a specific grade, or to more than 80 custom lists. The
custom lists are set up by the school for groups including athletic teams, clubs,
daily absentee calls -- any situation where families need information from the
our school calls the parents of any child who does not report to school. Can PreK-12 Notification
be used to make these calls?
Yes. The school office can quickly
select all absent students each morning and send a message to those families.
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