MemoCall allows teachers, administrators, coaches, and club leaders to record and send
voice messages to parents, their team, organization, club, and PTA members. MemoCall
is the easiest way to deliver that reminder about a significant upcoming event or
deadline. Parents will always be informed of their students' scheduled activities,
allowing them to coordinate their schedule for more participation.
|SchoolCall can also help make the time of school
staff members more efficient. Instead of office administrators taking valuable time to
call each and every staff member for a meeting, he or she can use SchoolCalls
MemoCall function to make all of those calls. Outside of the school, MemoCall
provides an excellent means for sending voice messages to teams, organizations, clubs, PTA
groups and more. It is also used to to notify parents so that they are aware of important
events such as band or chorus concerts, award ceremonies, and PTA/PTO meetings.
Outbound Dialing with Keypad or Voice Response Confirmation. MemoCall
automatically sends out the message to the specified individuals or groups through
outbound calls. The sender has the option to require confirmation of receipt via the
touch-tone phone keypad via a voice response. Administrative Messaging has the ability to
detect unanswered calls, answering machines, busy signals, and answered calls. Should the
system incur a busy signal, it will continue to repeat the call until the call is
answered. Should an answering machine be contacted, MemoCall will play the message twice to guarantee the machine records the entire
Detailed Reports Accessed On Demand.
The results of calls are automatically generated and
recorded in the SchoolCall database and are accessible via the MemoCall Reports.
Usage Reports. Superintendents have the ability to
print information on the current status of outbound calls, by school and call type, for
all schools in the school system.
Simple Message Set Up and Maintenance. Teachers, administrators, coaches, and club leaders can record their messages and have them started and stopped on
specific dates. Therefore, users can record all of their messages for an entire semester
and they will be automatically deleted at their set expiration dates.
Parents Informed of School's Scheduled Deadlines, Changes, and Meetings. MemoCall
will send outbound messages notifying parents of the school's scheduled deadlines,
changes, and upcoming meetings. This will give the parents an opportunity to remind
the student of the deadlines, schedule time off from work, and delegate their family
responsibilities in order to attend the meeting. For example, the parent may want to play
an active role on the PTA, which requires that they be notified of upcoming meetings.
MemoCall keeps parents involved in their children's education, leading to improved
performance and lower drop out rates.
Reminds Students and their Parents of Scheduled Events and Activities. Students
who are active in school sports, organizations, or clubs have an enormous amount of
responsibilities in addition to their school work. Therefore, MemoCall serves as an excellent vehicle
to remind students of their upcoming sporting events, club meetings, and band practices.
Not to mention, parents appreciate the advanced noticed so that they can arrange
transportation for the student. Other common messages
include Picture Day and Voting reminders.
Notifies Parents of Changes or Delays of Scheduled Activities. Coaches or
organizational leaders can send recorded voice messages to parent to notify them of
changes or delays of scheduled activities. For example, a football coach returning
from an "away" game may send the message, "We won the game, but we are
running 15 minutes later than expected due to traffic problems." The parents
will appreciate the notification and will be able to change their schedules accordingly.
Reduces the Potential for Student Fines. Students
often forget to return library and other school owned books. Oftentimes, the fine notices
do not make it home to the parents and are not confronted with the issue until the end of
the year. Administrative Messaging ensures that parents are reminded of fines due and have
the time to rectify the situation.
|Rick Howard, Principal of Coosa High School, stated that
"The SchoolCall service has improved the efficiency of our day-to-day operations. I
highly recommend SchoolCall for any school system that wants to be more efficient in their
communication with parents and students."
|Principals of K-8 Title I schools report that time is
a barrier to parent involvement more often than any other factor. Eighty-seven percent of
Title I principals report that lack of time on the part of parents is a significant
barrier to parent involvement, and 56 percent report that lack of time on the part of
school staff is a barrier (U.S. Department of Education, 1997).
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