DOE texts school information

With cell phone texting now an acceptable way to communicate important information while on the go, the city Department of Educaiton now has a new text messaging program for school-wide information.

While students are still barred from carrying cell phones into school, parents and family members can enroll by texting “nycschools” to 877-877 to receive text messages throughout the school year.

As text messaging has become more of an acceptable way of communicating, and students grow up in households where typically both parents work and are on the go, the DOE worked to create the new information system to help, said Bloomberg.

The new information system can give parents the ability to easily find calendar updates, reminders and tips on how to access school resources.

It comes after the DOE received a high volume of requests for electronic delivery of school information across all demographic groups in the 2010 and 2011 annual parents School Surveys, according to a statement.

Among the information parents and family can receive – with previous years’ surveys showing it’s important to parents – are the 2012-2013 school calendar; information on how to enroll in school programs; breakfast and lunch menus; and tips on how to log onto ARIS Parent Link, which is a web resource with student attendance, test score and grade data.

Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at or by phone at (718) 742-3393

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