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Pasco schools to launch text message service for parents

On the heels of announcing a new social media alert system with law enforcement, the Pasco County school district is introducing a new text messaging service for parents.

During registration and meet the teacher events, parents will be able to submit their cell phone numbers, so they can begin receiving school emergency notifications. Parents have to opt into the program to be included.

The number that will appear as calling is 888-882-7179. The district suggests that after parents sign up, they add the number to their contacts as Pasco schools.

Schools also will ask for parent e-mail addresses, if they wish to receive a monthly newsletter from superintendent Kurt Browning.

The goal is for the district to be able to communicate with parents in as many ways as possible. Some schools have been doing this for a while, including to students, but others have not.