Dickinson Public Schools implement Alert NowThe Dickinson Public Schools has utilized an emergency call system to notify parents about weather emergencies for the past two years.
By: Doug Sullivan, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Public Schools has utilized an emergency call system to notify parents about weather emergencies for the past two years.
Thankfully, it was not necessary to utilize the system last school year due to the mild and temperate weather we experienced. This system, called Alert Now, is provided free to all parents who provide contact information during registration.
Alert Now establishes the emergency calling system by extracting phone numbers provided during registration that the district maintains in its database. The emergency call system database maintained by Alert Now is updated nightly.
When a phone number is changed parents can have their emergency contact information updated by contacting the appropriate building secretary where the children attend school.
When the Alert Now system is activated:
- Caller ID will display the Central Office main phone number, 701-456-0002 when a general announcement is delivered.
- Caller ID will display 411 if the message is a dire emergency.
- Alert Now will leave a message on any answering machine or voice mail.
- If the message stops playing, press "1” and the message will replay from the beginning.
It is the hope of the district that parents will find the system convenient and useful when it is necessary to make an emergency contact. It is also our hope that the weather will cooperate and it will not be necessary to utilize the system.
If it is necessary to update your phone contact information please contact the appropriate building secretary to help guarantee all information is current.
If you have any questions about this topic or any other issue in the Dickinson Public Schools, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sullivan is the Dickinson Public Schools superintendent. Contact him at 701-456-0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.