OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Oregon School District has recently implemented a new alert system for parents. School officials say it is working and saving money.
The Power Announcement system was just used in the last 24 hours. Starr Elementary and Fassett Middle schools were on a two-hour delay because of a power outage and parents received the message on their phones.
Oregon has actually had a similar system for years, but this year the district shopped for a cheaper and effective alternative, which is how it found Power Announcement. The district is saving thousands of dollars because of the switch.
Parents can choose if they want to be texted, e-mailed or called with information. The district will use all means of contact. However, if there is an emergency, the system is controlled through the administrative office.
"It's just another medium to communicate with our parents and community and to keep them informed so they can stay on top of things as best as they can. It really helps support us with keeping their kids on task and on track with their learning. It really is kind of a partnership," said Michael Zalar, superintendent for Oregon City Schools.
If parents want to sign up or update settings, they can access the portal through the district's website.
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