Texas Ed Service Center Signs On for Parental Notification Services

The Texas Region 17 Education Service Center (ESC) has contracted with SchoolReach, a K-12 parent notification service, to make the contact system available to member schools at a discount. The service center is an organization created to provide services to schools in Region 17, which encompasses the 20 counties surrounding Lubbock, Texas.

Blackboard Connect Used To Send 9.7 million Swine Flu-Related Messages at Height of Panic

Blackboard has reported that during just eight days, from April 27 to May 4, its notification system, Blackboard Connect, was used by United States schools and government workers to send some 9.8 million messages tied to updates and information about the swine flu.

Schools Roll Out Emergency Alert Systems

K-12 schools are continuing to adopt emergency alert systems in droves. Several have recently gone public with their adoption of a notification system from Omnilert to communicate both routine and emergency information to stakeholders.

Minnesota District Deploys Emergency Alert System

Both Detroit Lakes School District and the city of Detroit Lakes in Minnesota are deploying a mass communications system to help notify parents, students, and residents at large of emergencies.

Houston ISD Tracks Bus Fleet with AT&T Wireless Network

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) will be monitoring the whereabouts of its school buses wirelessly. The district has signed a contract for AT&T fleet management services, enabling the school district to wirelessly monitor its fleet of 1,100 school buses and vehicles by using GPS technology over the AT&T wireless network.

e2Campus Adopts OASIS Common Alerting Protocol 1.1

Omnilert has released e2Campus 3.0, an update to the company's emergency notification system for education. The latest release adds support for OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.1, allowing e2Campus to integrate with a range of other emergency communications systems.

Quebec District Move to Blackboard Service for Mass Notification

Lester B. Pearson School Board in Quebec, Canada has chosen Blackboard's Connect-ED system to manage mass notifications and alerts.

Missing Indiana Student Tracked Through Parent Notification System

Rossville Consolidated School District in Indiana discovered its new school-to-home communications system, SchoolReach from Groupcast, really does live up to its name after the parental notification system recently helped locate a high school student who had been missing for more than a week.

Chicago Area School District Installs Crisis Management System

Bloom Township High School District 206 of Chicago Heights, IL, has installed the Rapid Responder crisis management system to provide information to police, fire, emergency medical, and school security personnel in the event of a school emergency.

Inova Upgrades Mass Notification System for Campuses

Inova Solutions, which sells emergency message displays, has upgraded its visual mass notification system, Inova OnAlert. The enhanced system offers e-mail-based message delivery, audible tones to complement visual messages, and a synchronized timekeeping function. The new OnAlert system allows authorized campus safety personnel to send a concise e-mail to a designated e-mail address. The body of the e-mail message then scrolls across multiple Power over Ethernet (PoE) message boards on campus.