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9111 Policy - Telephone Communications


The Board of Education is vitally interested in maintaining effective communications with parents, members of the community, vendors, and others who have dealings with the District. The Board realizes that although advances in technology provide the possibility of enhancing communications some innovations can also inhibit effective contact between the public and District personnel.


The board directs that incoming calls during regular school hours to each school main office number be answered by a District staff member or volunteer and not by a computer-generated voice.


If, under certain rare circumstances it is not possible for a staff member or volunteer to be available to answer a telephone call to a school main office number, a computer message may be substituted provided the message instructs the caller on how to access a District employee who can take some type of action in response to the caller's need.


Telephone calls to extension numbers within the District may be answered by voice mail provided the caller is provided the alternative of dialing 0 and talking to a staff member or volunteer.


Under no circumstances, during normal school office hours, is the telephone system to operate in such a way that a caller is unable to talk directly to someone who can be of assistance to the caller.


Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009


Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 9, 2011, 1:23 PM