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SMS Solutions for Schools and Daycares

SMS Solutions for Schools and Daycares

SMS Solutions for Schools and Daycares

Note: This is the second of four posts detailing the non-marketing uses of SMS messaging for various types of organizations.

Routine tends to blunt the edges of significant events. Every day, countless people shower and shave, scarf down cereal, battle traffic on the interstate—and drop off their beloved children at a daycare center or school. The act of leaving one’s progeny in another’s care is profound, no matter how commonplace it may seem, and daycares and schools of all levels would do well to make every effort to assuage potentially anxious parents. Fortunately, SMS messaging provides an easy way for them to do just that.

In fact, when it comes to daycares, SMS can start helping before parents have even finished their Wheaties. Wondering about potential delays can turn an otherwise placid morning frantic, but a timely text message that draws attention to schedule changes, weather issues, traffic congestion, and other holdups. Similarly, text reminders that a child has checked into and out of a program tells parents that people are paying attention to their little ones. Not only can instant alerts regarding accidents, incidents, and health concerns soothe, they provide a buffer against liability. Also, regular communication about fee schedules and account balances means clients don’t ever need to be surprised by a bill.

The benefits don’t stop once children are out of short pants. An SMS system meshes naturally with middle and high school activities. Forget about overlooking PTA meetings or the next varsity football game. Emergency notifications for health or behavior issues are equally easy to send, as is the reporting of final grades. On a related note, some schools have employed text-based anti-bullying programs, which takes a bit of the trepidation out of documenting and reporting untoward incidents.

Students themselves can opt in for their own SMS alerts from teachers and administrators and thereby never wonder about the due date of a paper or when there might be a scheduled quiz. And not only does SMS take some of the hassle out of students and parents’ lives, districts can take heart in the fact that texting will make their budgets go further, reducing paper- and toner-related expenses.

Colleges and universities might also find value in developing an SMS system. The Clery Act—so named for a co-ed  who died tragically in 1986—requires, among other things, that schools provide timely warnings when various incidents occur. Thanks to SMS, such warnings can go out almost instantaneously. Other academic, administrative, weather, and sports alerts apply just as much to higher education as they do in daycare and lower-school contexts.

In his 2004 book Margin, Dr. Richard Swenson wrote, “We must have some room to breathe. … It is important to understand how much we have at the beginning of each day and which influences drain our emotions dry or recharge our batteries.” There’s precious little of that room in our busy world. Fortunately, SMS systems can provide some mental space for parents, students, and administrators alike.

Josh Vallera

I am the founder and owner of UltraSMSScript. With over 14 years experience in multiple facets of enterprise level software development, my software engineering background led me to start my own business in the SMS marketing field. Realizing that there are nearly 5 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, I knew there was enormous opportunity for businesses to start utilizing SMS in their overall marketing strategy.

While there are many SMS marketing *services* out there, I wanted to build something where my clients could install SMS software on their own servers for whatever domain name they wanted and not have to rely on expensive markup to send permission-based SMS. My goal was to provide a self-hosted platform, at a 1 time cost, linked directly to the SMS gateways and provide wholesale pricing from the start!

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