Emergency Operations Update
Communications Systems Battery Backup
We had begun the process of purchasing battery backup devices for both schools several months ago, but the February 14th power outage has underlined how important it is to make our communications systems more resilient.
Our current plans are to install sufficient battery capacity to keep the network, phones, paging and bell systems operational in all classrooms at both schools for 2 hours during a power outage. The school offices and the district office will continue to have network and phones for 4 hours, to allow for coordination and communication during a prolonged outage.
We are evaluating these plans in light of what we've learned from Thursday's power outage, and will be making adjustments to ensure we are better able to weather the next event.
Budget Information Meetings
This presentation will be discussed at the following public meetings:
March 4, 2019: KSPTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Kent Library
March 5, 2019: Kent Site Council Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Kent Office Conference Room
March 14, 2019: Finance Committee Meeting, 3:45 p.m., District Office
March 21, 2019: ELAC/DELAC Meeting, 6 p.m., District Office
- March 14, 2019, 3:45-4:45 p.m., District Office
At last month's Communications Committee meeting, there was discussion about the ways families wish to receive information from the district. Since we know that only about half of the emails we send with the newsletter link each week are opened, it was deemed important to attempt some different vehicles for sharing news and reminders. To that end, each Thursday evening there will be a text message sent simultaneously with the email containing the link to the newsletter. In addition, text messages announcing events of the next day will occasionally be sent the evening before. The Committee hopes that this variety of delivery methods increases families' knowledge of what's going on in our schools.