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Communication Improvements

posted Aug 24, 2011, 7:46 PM by   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 7:01 PM ]
We are working harder this year to improve communication efforts from the school. Today went fairly smoothly with the early dismissal but we can't always control how quickly the local media announces our news. If we have an urgent announcement, it will go on our school website first. We are trying to make this site the hub of all communication and also working hard to keep the information timely. 

In an effort to move towards a more 21st century environment, we are starting a few new communication efforts to help parents, students, staff, and the community. We understand that you are not always on a laptop, nor do people always check our website. We are offering three new ways to receive information from the district. 

1. Sign up for School Alerts Iowa. School Alerts Iowa is a free service from the Department of Administration in our state government. School Alerts will allow you to get cancellations, delays, and other emergency related announcements via email or text messaging. We are working on providing a step by step sign up page, but you can begin signing up now for the alert system. 

2. "Like" us on Facebook. You can now "like" the Andrew Schools on Facebook to receive weather related closings, general school news, and much more. With millions of Facebook users worldwide, it's a super communication tool to provide information to all stakeholders. 

3. "Follow" us on Twitter. Just like Facebook, you can also follow news and information on Twitter. We are actually using a service that ties our website to Facebook and Twitter. Now when we post a new announcement on our website, it will automatically post on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

I hope you sign up for one of these services to stay in touch with the great things that are happening at Andrew Schools. Also note, if we have weather related announcements or emergency announcements, we will continue to call local media outlets.