Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

New message service for Andover schools


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Public Schools is upgrading its telephone messaging service from “Alert Now” to “Connect 5.”

Officials say the Connect 5 service will enable the district to personally communicate with parents and guardians about emergency situations, school events and important issues impacting students. It allows staff to send personalized emails and/or voice messages to families’ home, work or cell phones.

According to a message to parents, Superintendent Marinel McGrath says based on the Connect 5 system’s proven track record, school staff are confident the new service will facilitate and improve school and district-wide communications with parents and employees.

In preparation for the change, school officials have been seeking to collect all current telephone numbers from parents so they do not miss out on any important communications.

All parents have been sent emails regarding the messaging change seeking an update of student contact information to allow staff to verify the transfer of data via the new system.

Anyone who has not been notified or does not receive a confirmation email regarding the change should submit their student contact information via the link www.aps1.net/studentcontactinfo.