The increase in inclement weather has given rise to the need to delay and, in some cases, cancel school days. Parents of students in the Bucyrus City School District can receive text message notifications directly to their cell phone through the district's School Connects automated calling system.
Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel sends both email and text message notifications immediately after making a decision to delay or cancel school. Phone calls, sent through the School Connects system, are not made until 5:30 a.m. or later.
"We want to make sure parents, and other care givers, receive immediate notifications during inclement weather situations," Kimmel said. "We realize that decisions for child care need to be made early because of employment situations, and offering the text message service allows us to help make the planning process a little easier."
Parents who have their cell phone number listed in the district's PowerSchool database can follow the steps outlined below to begin receiving these text messages. If parents are unsure of the number listed in the database, they are encouraged to call their child’s school provide updated information.
The steps for parents to opt-in to the Bucyrus City School District’s School Connects text message notifications include:
- Open Text Message App on Phone
- Enter 56360 in the “To:” field
- Enter “Join” in the message box
- Hit send
Please note that the sender for these messages will be displayed as "TRECA Emergency". Standard data usage and text message rates may apply.
Text message notifications are just one of the many ways parents, students, staff and the community can receive information from the district. Currently, the Bucyrus City School District utilizes its website (www.bucyrusschools.org), a Facebook page, a Twitter page, a YouTube channel and SchoolWay, a specialized push notifications mobile app.
For more information about the text message notifications, please contact your child's school or call the Lincoln Administrative Center at 419-562-4045.