But because only students and teachers are managed on this system, the announcement service is only available for Ottumwa school parents and students.
“The community can still be kept current by friending us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and we’ll still contact the media about [scheduling changes], so that traditional [information source] is still available.”
They’ll also keep their district website updated, she said, with any time-sensitive messages.
Of course, all this raises the question: What is a student management system for? Among its many functions, teachers use the system to take attendance, it acts as their grade book or as a schedule of when homework they’ve assigned is due. And all of those things can be viewed by a student’s parent.
“Parents can see grades, they can see homework assigned, they can see whether their high school or middle school student is attending class. They can see assignments not handed in,” Hellige said.
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