It is of utmost importance for a parent/guardian to know the issues involving his/her ward or the school which they attend.
It is even better if they can get this information as soon as these issues occur. SchoolSMS is a contact management service
geared towards improving such contacts and maintaining them.
Many already overburdened school officials & teachers have as part of their schedule the task of communicating with teachers
and/or parents information regarding the status of the school or the pupil.
Sometimes the information needs to be sent out to one student, a form or the entire school.
A recent case on TVJ News highlighted a case where a staircase at a school was badly damaged; and, the students
turned up at the start of the school term only to be told they must return home. If a quick notification system was in
place, the students/parents would have known of the situation before and it would have saved them the cost of transportation
among other inconveniences.
Another big issue for school officials is the participation of parents/guardians in the PTA. A recent visit to a corporate
area school with a population of 700 plus students, saw a PTA attendance of less than 50 individuals: that is less than 10 percent
of the school's population. We can make many speculations as to why this is so but one thing is certain if we are able to quickly and efficiently alertt
parents of these meetings then we can begin the process of improving the parent's participation in school life on an individual basis
and on a whole.
Another startling revelation on that PTA meeting was the presence (or lack therof) of fathers at the said meeting. If you thought the overal attendance
was poor then the 4 or 5 males who were in attendance will you about the overall interest of the fathers of the children at this school.
Indeed, during conversations with a Senior Ministry of Education official, he admitted to me that his own attendance record was poor.
The truth is parents are busy too and sometimes timely reminders could decide whether a parent attend these meetings or not.
SchoolSMS wants to use the latest communication technology to improve firstly how schools engage parents/guardians and secondly maintaining that interaction
with the ultimate aim being better student results overall.
We encourage all parents, teachers, school administrators to to sbscribe to SchoolSMS as a first step toward improving the academic
performance of the children of this nation
HOW IT WORKS
School SMS is text/voice messaging service offered by Ezeelink Caribbean Limited and offers the solution on how school
officials and parents can notify each other of the following and in quick time.
- School holidays reminders
- PTA and other meeting
- Status of child in school eg absence, behavioral problems and grades
- Any important notices or verifications eg school trip notification
- Send notification to teaching and other staff
- Book Exchange Service
- National Emergencies eg hurricane, earthquake & riot etc
- Allow pupils to report bullying anonymously via text message
- A Free domain & 5 MB web page plus 10 email address for the school.
Each webpage can be up-dated by Ezeelink or school administrators
An SMS Broadcast on any or all of the above can be sent to parents/guardians of the following
- The entire school
- A form or Grade
- One or more student
A School can send a request to broadcast messages using the following methods
- The secure & free web portal assigned by Ezeelink
- A TOLL FREE fax sent to Ezeelink’s offices using the SMS Request Form
- A TOLL FREE interactive voice message to Ezeelink’s offices
FREE WEB PAGE
The free webpage provided may be in the name of the school eg www.allmantownprimary.com and can be used to send the SMS
broadcast. To send a SMS broadcast the authorized user provide have the school's username and password to send the messages.
Apart from sending the SMS notifications, the school may also use the website as it's official website to post information
abot the school and activities for teachers, students and parents/guardians.
In this case the school may update the website internally or Ezeelink can do the updates for a monthly fee of J$500.00
School may register via our customer service representative or download agreement at www.schoolsmsja.com`.
Once a school registers, the second step is to register the parents /guardians to receive the SMS notices. This can be done in the following ways.
- The school may provide the information on parent/guardian
- Parents can fill out the Parent/Guardian Registration forms sent to them
Ezeelink database will store the following information which will be used to send the necessary notifications thus
- School name & ID No
- Students name
- the form/grade student is currently assigned
- the cellphone to which notifications will be sent
The information can be changed according changes in the student’s status during the academic year as some student my change school during the school year. The fee to make these changes is J$100.00.
Each change in student status must be approved by school officials.
THE PARENT/GUARDIAN PAYS
The cost for operating this service will be borne entirely be each parent/ guardian who will be required
to pay an annual fee of J$300.00 to register a single cellphone. To register two cellphones will cost J$450.00.
THERE IS NO COST TO THE SCHOOL.
SchoolSMS Service is provided by Ezeelink Caribbean Limited, a company registered in Jamaica and is authorised to offer Bulk SMS Messaging Services
Ezeelink Caribbean Limited
Shop 2a, 14 Parkington Plaza
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES SCHOOLSMS DO?
SCHOOLSMS is a text messaging service that is able to send a single or multiple text messages at once.
Therefore, this service provides the school with the capacity to manage the notification process between school administrators
WHO PAYS FOR THE SERVICE?
In order to reduce the cost associated with the service, Ezeelink has devised a pricing mechanism that reduces the costs for all concerned.
Therefore, each parent/guardian will pay annual fee of J$300.00 to receive these important notifications all year round.
SCHOOL DIRECTORY & WEBMAP