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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Automated call systems help school districts get word out

  • For parents who are wondering if their children will have school either tomorrow or any other day of the year due to weather, area school districts have a way to contact them.


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  • For parents who are wondering if their children will have school either tomorrow or any other day of the year due to weather, area school districts have a way to contact them.
    “There is the all-school calls that we will do, as well as posting on the local TV, radio and (news)paper,” Neosho Superintendent Dr. Richard Page said. “For this year, we will use (the automated call) for all school closings, whether there are gas main breaks or snow days. But before, we just used it for emergency calls where if electricity went out or something like that, we had to call off school early.”
    Page noted there are 5,000 people – which includes students, faculty and staff – on the call list.
    Parents can also call 451-8611 for an automated weather line or visit www.neosho.k12.mo.us for more information
    Neosho R-5 students were dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today due to the winter storm that hit the region. No determination about Tuesday’s classes has been made.
    In the East Newton School District, Todd McCrackin, superintendent, said there too has not been any decision made regarding Tuesday’s classes.  Students in the East Newton School District were also released at 12:30 p.m. today.
    “We have our transportation director (Jason White) driving some of the routes, checking on that, seeing if he can make them,” he noted. “Of course, our back roads are the slickest, because they don’t get touched.”
    The East Newton School District also sends out an automated call to more than 1,800 parents, faculty and staff about closings. They also contact the local TV, radio stations and newspapers.
    Seneca School District officials noted they call the local TV and radio stations about cancellations.
    Dick Davis, with McDonald County School District, said they too have an automated school reach parent notification system.
    “If we call off (school) early, we will notify our parents,” he said.
    They also contact TV and radio stations of the cancellations.
    McDonald County released students at 12:45 p.m. today due to the winter weather.
     
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