Communication Schools' Focus for Future Storms
Getting information to parents even without power is key lesson learned, superintendent says.
Communication is going to be key in dealing with future storms that cause power outages of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder said at Tuesday's board of education meeting.
Schilder said that figuring out a new way of communicating is going to be key in getting through future storms, and the district has to find a new way of doing so.
"The thing we are looking at now is what we can do when the power's out to still have some sort of communication with people," he said.
To answer this question, Schilder said, the district has already begun looking into different methods of communication, including outside posting services, or using Gmail or another service that houses information "in the cloud."
"The posting service is very expensive," he said. "Do we use something housed in the cloud that doesn't depend on power?"
But whatever the district decides, Schilder said, there is an archiving component.
"We have to have an archived server to preserve everything we do business-wide," he said. "We have to have archiving along with that service, so we are starting to look at all those options."
How do you think the district did with communication during the storm? What could they have done differently?