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MISSION — The Mission Consolidated Independent School District is joining a growing number of school district in utilizing a mass calling/notification system. District officials recently announced that Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez sent a pre-recorded test message to some parents and instructional staff announcing the new system called SchoolMessenger.
District officials said they hope this new system will improve communication between the schools and parents.
“This new notification system will be used for both emergency notification and some non-emergency messages,” said Gonzalez. “In a matter of minutes we will be able to reach out to all our parents and staff. This can be used for reminding parents of important school events to letting them know about school cancellations or schedule changes.”
The system will not replace the practice of sending home notes and notices, but it can help ensure more of our parents receive the information being sent out to them, Gonzalez explained.
In the coming weeks, the SchoolMessenger system will be tied into the attendance systems and will be used to notify parents of absences. In the past, not all MCISD schools had an automated calling system for reporting absences to parents and the systems that were in place had become unreliable.
The SchoolMessenger system will allow MCISD to send messages in multiple languages to phones, as well as, through e-mails and text messages. The system will utilize contact information provided by parents at the time of school registration. For this reason, school officials said it is very important that parents make sure to notify their child’s school if their contact information has changed.
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