School Reach

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Telephone Broadcast Service

In our effort to improve communication between parents and school, starting November 1st, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons is implementing a telephone broadcast system that will enable school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start.  The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders. This service is provided by SchoolReach, a company specializing in school-to-parent communications. Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on local TV stations and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcements.

When used, the service will call all phone numbers in our selected parent contact lists and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers (phones ringing over 40 sec.) and busies will be automatically retried twice in fifteen minute intervals after the initial call.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. This requires NO registration by the parent on the SchoolReach website.
  2. All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.

Here is some specific information you should know:

Caller ID:                                             
The Call ID will display [518-393-3131], which is the main number for Notre Dame- Bishop Gibbons

Live Answers:
There is a short pause at the beginning of the message, usually a few seconds. Answer your phone as you normally would; “hello” and hold for the message to begin. Multiple “hellos” will delay the message. Inform all family members who may answer your phone of this process.

Answering Machines:                         
The system will detect that your machine has answered and will play the recording to your machine. The phone will ring for up to 40 seconds. Make sure that your machine answers after four rings or you may miss the message.

Message Repeat:                                
At the end of the message you will be prompted to ‘press any key’ to hear the message again. This is very helpful when a child answers the phone and hands it to a parent, who can then ‘repeat’ the message in its entirety.

If you have any questions, please contact the Main office at (518) 393-3131 x100