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In our effort to improve communication between parents and school, Kingfisher Public Schools (KPS) is implementing a telephone broadcast system provided by SchoolReach, that will enable school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start. The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders. KPS will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on TV and radio stations, and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcements. Communication can be through phone calls, text messaging and email.
When used, the service will call all phone numbers in our selected parent contact lists and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers (phones ringing over 40 sec.) and busies will be automatically retried twice in fifteen minute intervals after the initial call.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.
Here is some specific information you should know:
Caller ID: The Call ID will display as one of the schools phone numbers, depending on the origination of the call.
Live Answers: There is a short pause at the beginning of the message, usually a few seconds.
Answer your phone as you normally would; "hello" and hold for the message to begin.
Multiple "hellos" will delay the message. Inform all family members who may answer your phone of this process.
Answering Machines: The system will detect that your machine has answered and will play the recording to your machine. The phone will ring for up to 40 seconds. Make sure that your machine answers after four rings or you may miss the message.
Message Repeat: At the end of the message you will be prompted to „ress any key‟to hear the message again. This is very helpful when a child answers the phone and hands it to a parent, who can then „epeat‟the message in its entirety.
What to do if you think you've missed a voice message.
If you ever feel you may have missed a voice message or just want to check to be sure, you can dial our message retrieval line. From whichever phone(s) you want to check for messages to, dial toll-free: 855-955-8500 and follow the prompts to hear any/all messages sent through SchoolReach over the last 30 days. Please contact the school if you suspect your phone number is not being called by the system or if you ever have a change of number.
In an important effort to make the best and most accurate use of the SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact system, we are asking that you fill out the following form with the requested necessary information (See next page). After filling this out for each of your children that attend our school, please double check for accuracy and return it to us promptly.