School Announcement today released the latest version of their alert system designed to help Administrators communicate with student families quickly and effectively. School Announcement is a web-based service that facilitates the sending of messages via phone (voice), SMS text message and email.

Included in the latest release of School Announcement is the exclusive new Parent Portal – a first in the marketplace. The Parent Portal affords schools the opportunity to empower parents to not only update and edit their contact information, but add additional contact information. Furthermore, the online portal allows parents to choose which numbers are contacted in any given situation. For example, a parent may want multiple numbers contacted in the event of an emergency, but only want the home number called for general notifications. Similarly a parent may want attendance calls to go to both parent’s cell phones, rather than their home.

By extending this type of flexibility and control to parents some School Announcement clients have had success in commanding a fee from student families to cover the cost and also to raise additional funds. The addition of the ability to send SMS text messages as well as traditional voice notifications and email is also a new innovation that increases the value of the service to student families. All message channels – email, voice and SMS – offer Administrators reporting detailing the status of each contact attempt.
 
Applications of School Announcement messaging are not limited to emergency alerts and closing notifications. The email features incorporated into the platform include easy-to-use templates that simplify e-newsletter creation. Administrators are utilizing this feature to create well-designed communications advising parents of open houses, field trips, extra-curricular activities, fundraising events, report card information and more.
 
School Announcement is a division of BLI Messaging. Providence based BLI Messaging has been in business for 20 years and has created data and messaging technology solutions for the United Nations, the CIA, the New York Stock Exchange, Raytheon, Cadbury and the New York Times to name a select few. Visit www.schoolannouncement.com or www.blimessaging.com for more information.
 
 
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For more information please contact Sarah Hodkinson, Director of Marketing at 401-243-8412 or sarah@blimessaging.com

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