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Do our schools have Twitter accounts and can they text our students in an emergency?

Original post made by Parent on Dec 18, 2012

I know the schools are reviewing safety in the light of recent events.

Do our schools individually have Twitter accounts so that they can tweet parents and students?

Do the schools have student cell phone numbers so they can text them in an emergency?

Does PAUSD have Twitter and/or ability to text parents and students?

Email is not an instantaneous method of communication in an emergency. Would it be a good idea instead to have a method of communicating to everyone very quickly for times when it is necessary?

Comments

Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

This does not have to just be for big, rare emergencies but for practical, common, minor emergencies.

For example, there was serious flooding on Paly campus on recent rainy days and alerting parents and students that certain parking lots, entrances, etc. were impassable would have been useful knowledge before people left home. Also, with the flooding around some of the portable classrooms, alternate arrangements could have been given to affected students.

Road construction, traffic police, power outages, mountain lion sightings,Caltrain delays, are all things that have impacted our schools in my career as a PAUSD parent and a method of contacting everyone a warning or heads up quickly seems sensible to me now that this technology exists.

I would like to know what other parents think and whether other school districts in the area have taken this technology on board.


Posted by paly parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

The flooding at Paly has been around for years and is actually better than it used to be. How do Caltrain delays affect students?