Schools Avert Snow Chaos By Using Text Messaging


Schools around the UK have managed to avoid falling into chaos at the sight of snow this morning through the use of modern communication technology, such as text messaging.


[UKPRwire, Sun Jan 11 2009] The web-based school to home communication service www.homecontact.co.uk reported that although many schools sent out warning messages to parents first thing this morning, many have remained open as usual.

The service, which allows schools to communicate with parents quickly and easily by sending email and text messages directly to parents, was extremely busy first thing.

Martin Suzan, managing director commented “as soon as parents see snow in the morning they immediately wonder whether their children’s school will be closed. Many of our client schools, even though many weren’t forced to close because of the weather, were able to quickly & easily put parent’s minds at ease by sending them a text message to let them know whether the school would be opening as normal or not.”

“Not only does this reduce the number of phone calls the school receives, but also gives parents real piece of mind, and unnecessary journeys to school were also avoided. Additionally, some schools were able to make parents aware of untreated roads that were particularly icy, further reducing the risk of accidents.”

Parents are increasingly welcoming the use of text and email communication from schools, a recent survey by Becta revealed that 68% of parents surveyed said they’d like more information from their child’s school by text message.

HomeContact is encouraging schools that haven’t yet got an electronic communication service in use to get in contact to arrange a free 30 day trial, either by phoning 0208 099 8271 or by visiting www.homecontact.co.uk.

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Editors Notes:

For further information please contact Martin Suzan on 0208 099 8271 or martin@homecontact.co.uk

• HomeContact (www.homecontact.co.uk) is a web-based school-to-home communication service, allowing schools to send email and text messages to parents quickly and easily.
• The service is used by an number of schools throughout the UK – including many in the East/South East, that were particularly effected by this mornings bad weather.
• By using the service schools are able to reduce the amount of paper they use, as well as saving vast amounts of money and time.

Company: HomeContact


Contact Name: Martin Suzan

Contact Email: martin@homecontact.co.uk

Contact Phone: 0208 099 8271

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