Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
May 9, 2013 8:05 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Fortunately the lock-down at East Knox Elementary School on Tuesday was not a life-threatening emergency, but it was a reminder of the importance of school communications to parents, families, and the community. Equally fortunate is the ability Knox County schools have to disseminate information.


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East Knox superintendent Steve Larcomb said that phone notifications were sent Tuesday because the building was evacuated. Typically though, notifications would be sent by phone, text, and e-mail. Information can be posted on the school website and Facebook page as well.

The prevalent use of portable digital devices by students and parents in today’s technologically advanced culture created a need for schools to adopt real-time communication systems. Family members, and even the community, can sign up for text and e-mail alerts for emergency information and event changes. Sports schedule changes are perhaps the most frequent notifications.





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