BAKERSFIELD - Kern High School District students head back to class next week and the district has something new to keep their parents informed.
The district is California's largest, with more than 35,000 students. With a district that big, communication is key.
"We're in the people business. We're about educating kids and creating that convenience to help improve our communication between parents, the homes, and the school district," said Jason George, Technology Director, KHSD.
George says the new service will make an impact.
"Not only do we have a phone system that can call a school in a matter of minutes, we also can e-mail and we can use text messages," said George.
George says for years, the district would rely on the All-Call system for emergencies and announcements. He says staff would have to call thousands of parents individually, which would take hours.
However, those alerts will now be in a text or e-mail.
"Most people don't have a landline anymore so it's probably less likely to get that call or that text message versus having your cell phone with you," said Natalie Kisbey, Bakersfield resident.
"Let's face it, technology has to be used and it's certainly the way everyone is responding to now," said Patti Coffman, Bakersfield resident.
George says with the district's new technology, parents can also receive their child's report card through e-mail and check their attendance daily.
If you aren't registered to receive alerts or messages to your phone or e-mail, you can go to your son or daughter's high school and fill out a form.