Thousands notified with one phone call
By Blanca Gonzalez
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 28, 2007
When a swastika and other graffiti were found on Westview High's campus this month, parents were alerted about it before students arrived home that afternoon.
Dawn Kastner, principal of Westview near Rancho Peñasquitos, notified thousands of parents with a single phone call using a communications system that allows educators to call or e-mail with important news or other announcements.
The days of notes to parents being sent home from school, often lost amid the clutter in students' backpacks, are long gone in Poway Unified and other school districts throughout San Diego County.
Connect-ED is a Web-based mass notification service that allows districts to send voice messages and e-mails en masse in minutes, a change from automatic dialing systems that require more equipment and could take hours to reach the same number of people.