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Instant-Alert Messaging to begin at WDC

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news Wadena, 56482
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

In an effort to improve communication with parents and staff, Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools will begin to use School Messenger this month, an instant alert system developed by Honeywell. This system was contracted through the WDC Food Services program at the beginning of this school year.

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The instant alert system is a tool used by many school districts across Minnesota to increase efficiency with emergency notifications, attendance, food-service accounts and parent involvement in student learning. In an emergency, such as school closing due to inclement weather, information can be delivered quickly to home phones, as well as to cell or work phones, pagers, and through text or e-mail messaging.

"Improved communication is always a good idea," said Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom. "In these times of ever-tightening budgets, it's essential to get the best return from your communications investment."

A letter from Dahlstrom, along with parent-user information sheet on how to register additional family members to be alerted and how to set up the additional devices, will be enclosed with student's report cards next week. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the elementary (632-2400), high school (632-2300) or district office (632-2155).

On Friday, Nov. 20, a trial run of the instant alert system was scheduled to take place. A phone message was to be sent to parents' home phone in an effort to see if the system is running smoothly.

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