WSIPC and SchoolMessenger Partner to Provide Free Emergency Calling and Best-in-State Pricing for Full Notification Coverage for 1,400 Washington Schools

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First of its kind sponsorship will deliver instant alerts to families of nearly 1 million students via phone, text message and email.

The Washington School Information Processing Cooperative (WSIPC), a public agency that provides information services to school districts throughout the state, today announced it has partnered with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of parent notification solutions, to provide free emergency notification services and enhanced Family Access to nearly 300 school districts that use the Cooperative’s WESPaC data system. In addition, the partnership is enabling districts to immediately acquire SchoolMessenger’s leading full-service notification solution at unprecedented, best-in-state pricing, which can include free months of coverage.

The goal is to put massive communication capabilities in place at more than 1,400 Washington schools during this school year. Doing so will allow officials to quickly alert parents, students and staff when emergency situations arise, including inclement weather, on-campus incidents, school closings, early dismissals, and more.

The Web-based service will be provided by SchoolMessenger, the number one provider of notification services to Washington schools. It allows school officials to send thousands of personalized and timely voice calls, text messages and emails in any language in a matter of minutes. School district officials can sign up for emergency coverage, which is available at no cost through June 30, or the full service, at http://www.schoolmessenger.com/wsipc.

“In today’s world of 24/7 news and information, parents expect nothing less from their local schools, especially when it comes to the safety of their children,” said Marty Daybell, executive director of WSIPC. “We believe this technology is no longer a ‘nice to have’, but a mission-critical communication service that parents, students and staff can rely on. It not only ensures that community members be alerted as threatening incidents occur, but helps curb the spread of misinformation and enables important updates to be communicated as the situation unfolds.”

In addition to sponsoring the no-cost emergency coverage package, the partnership is also enabling best-in-state pricing on SchoolMessenger’s full service notification package, which includes automated attendance calling, child nutrition low balance alerts, general announcements and more to engage and involve parents. Officials who sign up for the full service package at the best-in-state pricing before March 31 will have their service extended at no cost through June 30, 2011.

“We commend WSIPC for its vision in helping to sponsor a statewide emergency response system that places a clear priority on parent communications and student safety,” said Sanford Kenyon, president of SchoolMessenger. “By leveraging our notification platform, which reliably delivers millions of messages through voice, text and email every day, officials will be well-prepared to respond to almost any situation.”

About SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger is a leading provider of notification solutions for education. Thousands of school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities in all 50 states depend on the company’s innovative solutions to connect and effectively communicate with millions of parents, students and staff every day. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.

About WSIPC
Over 40 years ago, 10 Washington school districts formed a cooperative to empower schools by sharing software development and hardware costs and providing centralized technological support. Through its innovative structure, WSIPC supplies members with high-quality technological solutions and customer service at a fraction of the cost of that provided by commercial vendors. Learn more at http://www.wsipc.org.

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