Like many schools last spring, the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools went fully remote as the pandemic took hold, creating many challenges for staff and administrators, as well as students and their families. Our teachers and students ran into the same problems schools experienced across the country: technical difficulties with Zoom, getting kids connected with laptops and Wi-Fi, making sure students were paying attention, and more.
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However, on top of these challenges, we also realized that many of our old methods of communicating with parents and guardians would have to be updated. Some of our schools were still sending printed notices home with kids every Monday – a process that was impossible to continue during the pandemic.
Luckily, we already had technology in place to help overcome this real-time communication gap – we just hadn’t realized it yet. And like us, many school systems also have tools in place that can help curb the spread of the virus and share new information quickly with parents, staff, and students.
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To solve for our new communications challenges, we turned to our existing mass notification system: Rave Mobile Safety’s K-12 solutions. Previously, we only used this method of communication to share critical emergency updates with parents – such as if we were in a lockdown.