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Rapid City schools adopt new notification system

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The October blizzard has prompted the Rapid City School District to adopt a new parent information system.

District business analyst Nancy Williams tells the Rapid City Journal that the old system allowed one automated phone call per family and it could take a full day to reach all the parents and staff in the district.

So the district changed its service with the company to allow more than one automated phone call at a time, as well as text messages and emails.

Williams said the texts will give parents another way to be sure to get the information. Williams says some people prefer texts over voice mail, and sometimes the voice mails wouldn't fully record.

The texts contain information on closures, late starts, parent-teacher conferences and other items.