Fully Integrated Add-On Product Will Deliver Accurate, Real-Time Info on Events and Emergencies over a Range of Devices
Three-Month Free Trial to Begin July 10
June 27, 2008 - RenWeb School Management Software, the leading provider of web-based school administration software, today announced the launch of Parent Alert provided by SchoolCast. This new add-on, fully integrated emergency alert/notification service delivers parents accurate, real-time information via SMS text messaging to cell phones and PDAs, voice calls to any phone and emails.
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Parent Alert will ultimately augment RenWeb’s current capability for mass email distribution by enabling school officials, faculty or staff members to reliably distribute instantaneous alerts via a variety of popular devices and ` to notify parents of incidents ranging from in-school emergencies to school closings, absences and tardies, bus delays, cancellations or schedule changes.
Parent Alert provided by SchoolCast is made available through RenWeb’s partnership with Tim McCarrell, former founder of Hunter Systems, through his current company High Ground Solutions, Inc. This add-on service is an important part of RenWeb’s recently announced new technology alliance strategy to integrate cutting-edge external services by best-in-class providers into RenWeb’s comprehensive solution. An offer of a free three-month trial of Parent Alert will begin in early July and be available to new or existing RenWeb member schools through the end of September.
Bob Wilbers, Founder of RenWeb, observed, “RenWeb’s new Parent Alert emergency notification service could not be a more timely product, given growing concerns about school emergencies and the opportunity created by ever-present, always-on devices to deliver real-time information anywhere, anytime. Not to mention the hassle every parent has experienced of sitting in a parking lot waiting for a sports team bus held up for several hours by a flat tire. Our dynamic distribution list function, integrated with SchoolCast’s capability to send messages to virtually any device over any medium, will ensure parents the peace of mind of receiving accurate alerts in real time in the manner that is most convenient to them, in a way that is affordable to schools.”
McCarrell, President of High Ground, added, “SchoolCast believes this partnership with RenWeb breaks new ground for schools by providing a seamlessly integrated solution for excellence in school management and communication. We’re committed to ensuring that this customized version of our communications platform leverages all of the current information already in member schools’ RenWeb databases, enabling the fast and easy broadcasting of any kind of message to any or all members of a school’s community.”
A Versatile, Affordable Solution
The versatile and affordable Parent Alert solution will send text messages to parents requesting text messages to their cell phone or PDA, or voice messages for those who prefer voice calls to their cell phone, home phone, or both, providing multiple means for reaching parents when it matters most.
The system also allows administrators to schedule automatic alerts to go out as reminders to parents for upcoming events such as grade reporting periods, rehearsals, PTA meetings or special schedule days. In addition, parents can select the device and medium they prefer for receiving different types of alerts.
RenWeb™ is enabling administrators, teachers, parents and students in more than 1,200 schools across North America to "switch on the power" as the leading provider of next-generation Internet-based school management software. RenWeb's unmatched convenience and service includes complete installation of the software including conversion of data, all as part of one, low license fee, along with a client interface that provides easy access to more than 150 integrated features.
Developed by a university dean, RenWeb is leading the migration of schools from client server-based to web-based systems, bringing administration, parents, students and the classroom together with anytime, anywhere access to a full range of services. Features include Admissions, Enrollment, Scheduling, Billing and Tuition Management, Lunchroom Management, Health Management, Attendance, Homework, Lesson Plans, Gradebook, Report Cards, Transcripts, Extensive Reporting Capabilities, Automated Emailing, and ParentsWeb.
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