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Keeping you informed is a top priority for Jenks Public Schools, and for this reason, the district uses the AlertNow Notification Service. AlertNow allows school administrators to send phone messages to parents and guardians in order to provide information about school events or emergencies. AlertNow will be used to notify you of school delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, remind you of important events, and give you critical information in the event of an emergency.

How can I check what numbers are listed for my child? The successful delivery of AlertNow messages is dependent upon accurate contact information for each student. Please make certain that we have your most current phone numbers. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to review and update these numbers during enrollment and can also check these numbers by logging on to Discovery Parent Portal. and if any of this information changes during the year, please notify an employee within the main office of your child’s school site.

How will you know when a call is from AlertNow? When a general announcement is delivered through the AlertNow system, your phone’s caller ID will display the school’s main number of “299-4415”. Caller ID will display “411” if the message is an emergency. What if you’re not home? Alert Now can leave a message on an answering machine or voicemail if you happen to miss the call. What if your cell phone has bad reception? If you’re having trouble understanding a message, simply press “1” and the message will replay from the beginning.

What emergency numbers should I list? The AlertNow system has the capability to call all JPS parents, guardians, and staff members within a matter of minutes. In the event of an emergency, the school district may need immediate action from the legal parents/guardians of Jenks students. For example, if school closes early due to ice and snow, the district needs phone numbers at which parents/guardians can be immediately notified of the need for an early pick-up. These “immediate action” phone numbers are known as Emergency Alert Notification System numbers (EANS) and they are used in conjunction with AlertNow. The cell phone and office numbers of both parents or a close family friend would all be appropriate EANS numbers. The phone number of a grandparent who lives out of town would not be an appropriate number to list when immediate action is necessary. The numbers you designate as EANS numbers will only be used in the event of an emergency - not for general calls.

 

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