Dear District 113 Parents and Guardians:
Keeping families informed about safety issues as well as activities helps increase student success at school. With today's on-the-go lifestyles, it has become more difficult for schools to reach families quickly and effectively. This is why District 113 has decided to implement a new system called Instant AlertTM for Schools.
Instant Alert for Schools is a notification and communication tool that will allow District 113 personnel to contact families quickly using the form chosen by you. Within minutes of an emergency, school officials can use Instant Alert to deliver a single, clear message to the students' parents or guardians by telephone, cell phone, e-mail, pager or PDA in any combination. The system can also be used to notify you of a school closing due to inclement weather. It's an equally effective way to keep you informed of everyday activities, such as event times and locations as well as schedule changes.
The system is Internet based, allowing each family to maintain a secure, password protected online profile. Included in this letter is an instruction sheet for accessing the system and creating your profile. You can log into your profile at any time to update your contact information. Maintaining the accuracy of your profile will increase the ability of the school to keep you informed.
Your online profile will enable you to:
- Input your personal contact information
- Select which type of school information you would like to receive on each of your contact devices
- Send yourself a test text message to make sure your text messaging contact information is entered correctly
- Add contact information of other caretakers of your children, such as a grandparent or neighbor
In addition to receiving communication alerts on your designated contact devices, the alert messages will also appear in your online profile. You can use this feature to read any alerts that may have been erased or deleted accidentally on your other contact devices.
If you need assistance with your profile, please send an email to InstantAlertHelp@Honeywellcom, or contact your child's school. If you do not have access to a computer, please feel free to come to the school to use our facilities.
As a way to ensure you have received correspondence regarding this important initiative, you will receive a hard copy of this letter from your child's school.
George V. Fornero