The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

August 9, 2009

Back to school

New for schools in 2009-2010

With the first day of school just around the corner, local board of education offices, principals and teachers are busily preparing for classes to resume.

Most spent the summer implementing changes to individual county polices, updating facilities and outlining classroom curriculums.

In The Register-Herald’s seven-county circulation area, many had exciting news to report for the 2009-2010 calendar year.

- Wyoming County — Thousands of Wyoming County parents can now be notified about school closings and delays, PTA meetings, or any other school happening within minutes, thanks to a new school messenger system which will be up-and-running just in time for classes, superintendent Frank Blackwell says.

Parents can submit an e-mail address, fax number, cell phone, home and work numbers and receive multiple notifications through this technologically advanced communications system.

Parents are asked to provide schools with contact information for the system on their child’s student information card, which will be handed out on the first day of classes. They can also call their child’s school directly to update information.

“I can send out a message countywide if there’s a blizzard at 10 p.m. to notify every parent in the county that there’s not going to be school the next day,” Blackwell said. “Parents will have to give us their work number, home, e-mail ... and within minutes, every one of those numbers will be notified. It’s just a super messaging service that we’re going to have available for all of our parents and children. We want to increase parent involvement on all levels — elementary all the way through high school,” Blackwell said.

Wyoming County is also providing every student with accident insurance for the first time ever.

“This is one thing we added in our school levy. Every year, we have an accident of some kind where a child is not insured,” Blackwell said.

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