B-P changing communications systems

BROADALBIN – During the next several weeks, the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will make changes to the tools it uses to communicate with large numbers of parents, staff and community members at one time via phone, email and short-message service text message.

The district is moving all of its mass notification capabilities to ParentLink, the company that created the district’s mobile app, which is available on Android (Google) and Apple devices, a news release said.

After Monday, subscribers to School News Notifier will no longer receive email or SMS text alerts through that system. The district’s contract with its mass phone calling system, Blackboard Connect, will also end Monday.

User information from both systems will be transferred to ParentLink. In addition, contact information for all parents and staff will be transferred to ParentLink.

In the coming weeks, the district will mail letters to all parents and staff with user names and passwords that will allow them to log into the ParentLink system, either through the mobile app or a web browser, in order to verify and update their contact information so they don’t miss messages from the district. Eventually, parents will be able to use their ParentLink logins to access current information about their child’s grades and homework assignments. Non-parent community members can also access news and alerts through the mobile app, and will have an opportunity to create ParentLink accounts through their Web browsers.

During the transition period, the district is encouraging parents, staff and community members to check the district website, www.bpcsd.org, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BPpatriots, for news and information.