People visiting the Canfield schools' website at canfield.access-k12.org may notice a new bird has joined the Cardinal head on the main page. That bird is the link to twitter messages, a new program that has been implemented this school year.
According to Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan, the Twitter program began on Aug. 24 and as of early last week, already has 38 followers.
"We are able to send messages right from our cell phones," Geordan said. "The goal of the program is to keep parents informed of what is going on."
He said to get the Twitter messages is simple. He said go online to Twitter.com, sign up for an account, and find the feed "CLS_Cardinals". He said the feed is case sensitive.
For those without a Twitter account, all is not lost. By visiting the district's website and clicking on the little blue bird in the upper right hand corner, anyone can see the Twitter messages.
"It already has several reminders, upcoming events and congratulatory remarks posted," Geordan said. "I even sent out a reminder about Friday's opening football game 15 minutes before kickoff and one parent sent back a thanks as she had forgotten about it, but still had time to make it."
Another program the district is beginning is called schools connect. This program allows parents to sign up their home phones and cell phones for voice alerts.
"How it works is that we record a message in our own voice," Geordan said. "The message is then sent and within five minutes, everyone's phone will ring with the message."
He said it can be used to get notice of drills and lock-downs, or of school closings and delays due to weather.
"Parents will be getting the news first hand," Geordan said.
The key to both the phone alerts and the Twitter accounts are to be open and keep parents informed of what is happening in the school district. Geordan said eight other school districts in the county are using the same system.