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New Ohio Law Will Require Schools to Have a Notification System

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Category - Education
by Hillary Bowling on January 24th, 2018

Many schools throughout the country have a notification protocol in place for events such as school closings, emergencies and as a way to keep parents informed about special events.

Now, there is one more reason for your school district to enact a cross-platform notification system in Ohio — not having one in place may soon be against the law. A recent bill introduced by the Ohio legislature places distinct requirements around notification timing. Public schools will be required to notify parents within one hour of the start of the school day if their child is not present. This timeframe is key in cases when a child has gone missing or is truant and the parent believes the child is at school. This bill also holds parents or legal guardians accountable for providing a valid means of communication to the school district.

Benefits of School Notifications

Notifying parents and guardians electronically allows the communication loop to be closed, and provides the school with a record of messages sent and received. Communicating with parents becomes especially difficult after elementary school, and sending notes home is not effective or efficient.

Notification systems can play a key role in a good overall communication plan for educational institutions. There are significant differences between services, and it’s important to consider all the potential uses as you evaluate the options. Whether you are dealing with absent children, weather warnings, a class ring sale, or tuition reminders, make sure your communication needs are covered.

Download our free whitepaper on Shopping for a School Notification System or contact One Call Now at 877-698-3262 if you have questions or want to get started with a free trial. Your school notification system not only keeps you legal in the state of Ohio, but also offers schools a way to keep parents involved throughout their child’s life at school.