School district launches phone system

The Muscogee County School district has launched a new telephone notification system to alert parents and employees of important school system news.

The district launched its Connect-ED service Monday with a welcome message from superintendent John Phillips sent out at 5 p.m.

Connect-ED is an Internet-based telephone notification system provided by NTI Group, Inc., that gives school principals and administrators the ability to reach all parents, employees or other sub-groups within minutes.

Administrators will use Connect-ED to communicate messages on state-testing, parent-teacher meetings and in the event of a district or school emergency. It also may soon be used for attendance notifications.

Messages can be sent in English or Spanish to up to six phone numbers per student or employee. Results of outgoing messages are reported back to administrators immediately to let them know which numbers were reached.

Parents or guardians who did not receive the welcome message by 5 p.m. Monday should contact their child's school to make sure their contact information is correct and on file in the database.