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Text alerts for school closures

20 November 2006

Text alerts for school closures

A new system is being introduced to let parents and children find out quickly if their school is closed.

If a school is shut for the day, a text message will be sent to subscribers who sign up to the free service.

The system is being introduced this month ahead of the winter months, as bad weather is the cause of the majority of unplanned school closures.

Anyone will be able to subscribe to the system, which will run through the Warwickshire County Council website.

To access the service, users have to get a log in at the ‘Me@WCC’ page.
They will then be given the option to sign up to receive alerts relating to particular schools.

Once a headteacher tell the council that they are shut, through the normal emergency closure line, the closure information is put on the website, which automatically triggers a text.

A subscription to a particular school lasts for a year. This allows for the fact that children and young people switch schools in August.

John Betts, Head of Resources for Children, Young People and Families, said: “This new system allows parents to get quick, reliable updates if a school is closed through bad weather, and we hope that it will enable us to spread the word over the winter months if there are closures.”

To subscribe, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure

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For more information please contact Antony Hopker on 01926 418606.