New Albany News

School district implements text-messaging system

Parents can sign up for alerts about closings, weather issues and emergency situations


The New Albany-Plain Local School District launched a text-message service this school year to alert residents of school closings, weather-related delays and emergency situations.

District spokesman Patrick Gallaway said 3,000 people signed up to receive school alerts on their cellphones.

The district sent its first text Oct. 1, a message that required people to confirm information for the service, Gallaway said.

He said district officials hope this will be another way for the district to stay in contact with parents and provide them the most-updated information available.

The district is using SchoolMessenger, a system developed by Reliance Communications of California in 1999.

It is being used in thousands of schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other institutions in the United States and Canada, the company's website said.

SchoolMessenger was designed to send out emergency and nonemergency notifications. Most subscribers receive three messages per month, the website said.

Subscribers can choose to cancel the service at any time.

Residents can sign up using the steps listed on the district's website,