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.
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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