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E-mails to parents considered by Berkeley board

November 05, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Martinsburg, W.Va. - Starting next month, parents of students in Berkeley County should be able to start receiving e-mails from the school system, notifying them of any school closings, specifically those related to inclement weather.

The program is aimed especially at parents who work in Washington, D.C., or any place where they may not be able to hear such information on local radio stations, said schools spokeswoman Mary Jo Brown.

"It will ease the minds, I think, of a lot of parents," Deputy Superintendent Frank Aliveto told Berkeley County Board of Education members at their meeting Monday night.

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Aliveto, Brown and others plan to meet today to finalize some details, including how to notify parents that this service is available.

Aliveto said he hopes to have the program ready by early December, in time for early dismissals or school closures that would result from snow.

E-mail addresses of interested parents would be entered into a database, and with a click of a button, a mass e-mail would be sent, notifying recipients of any closings, Brown said. No fee would be charged, she said.

The idea has been discussed several times over the last year, Brown said.

Including only pertinent information in the e-mail is important, Brown said, or else parents may delete the messages, believing them to be junk mail.

"We just want to communicate better with parents," Brown said.

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