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W. Va. Department of Education Offers Alert Services for Inclement Weather

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November 17, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As snow begins covering the ground, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) reminds parents, students and educators to use the WVDE's school closing notification system. The WVDE posts the most up-to-date information on its website http://wvde.state.wv.us/. In addition, individuals can be notified immediately of school closings and delays through email and text alerts, RSS feed, XML feed and on Twitter @WVSnowDay.

Mobile text messaging provides instant and immediate communication for those affected by inclement weather and has become the most effective method in getting school messages delivered. Text alerts easily reach teachers, school personnel, students and parents/guardians to immediately alert them of school closings, emergencies, bus schedule changes, delays and other notifications. The main advantage of mobile text messaging over any other communication is that people tend to constantly check their cell phones.

The WVDE encourages the use of mobile text messages as an option to receive emergency communications. To sign up, click on the mobile text link on the Department's main website. Anyone with mobile service can sign up for text alerts by providing their cell phone number as well as their cell service carrier.

To sign up for the other alerts, visit the School Closings/ Delays/ Dismissals page at http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/ and simply follow the instructions.

For more information or help signing up for alert services, contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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