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Barnesville Schools communicate with Instant Connect

By Superintendent Angela Hannahs Published: March 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Barnesville Schools provide information to families through the parent broadcast automated phone system, Instant Connect. Instant Connect is a mass notification solution for calling parents to quickly deliver voice messages, SMS text, and email messages. Instant Connect provides a very fast, powerful, and flexible solution for parent notifications.

In addition to the parent broadcast system, Barnesville Schools send notifications through other delivery systems to ensure parents have more than one mode of receiving information. For example, the District's website www.bevsd.org is a source of information for events that are occurring in the district. Likewise, the District's Twitter feed is synced to the school website.

Barnesville Elementary School, Barnesville Middle School, Barnesville High School and the District have a Twitter account. Twitter is a service for the schools to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. The schools post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links, and up to 140 characters of text. This is a way for the schools to send information about events happening in the District. The Twitter handles for each building and the District are below.

ES: @BarnesvilleElem

MS: @BMS_Shamrocks

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HS: @BHSGoRocks

District: @BarnesvilleEVSD

Barnesville Exempted Village School District and Barnesville Middle School have Facebook accounts linked to their Twitter accounts. If a message is posted on Twitter, then it will appear on the Facebook page. You can search "Barnesville Middle School" and "Barnesville Exempted Village School District" on Facebook and follow those pages. Moreover, Barnesville staff members utilize phone calls, emails, text messages, Dropbox, Google Docs, and face-to-face conversations as part of their communications efforts.

If the district decides to delay or cancel school, we utilize the parent broadcast system which includes a phone call, text, and email. Also, the information is sent to local news stations (Channel 7 & Channel 9) and local radio (93.5 FM, WBNV, WCMI, & WILE). Furthermore, the information is shared via Twitter and Facebook as well as on the district's website. We feel multiple ways to communicate this information are beneficial so that if one system fails, there are backup solutions for families.

If you would like to learn more about any of the methods that Barnesville Schools use to communicate with families, please contact your child's building principal.


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