The School Communicator
Over the summer, my children’s school has decided that it’ll no longer communicate with us via emails but using this fabulous new “school communicator” tool that we can all download to our computers, tablets and mobile phones. Hurrah!
Indeed, it seems like a great idea. You download it, sign up for information from whatever “channels” are of interest to you (whichever year group, school trips or extra-curricular stuff is relevant) and then receive up-to-date information delivered to you on the spot. Brilliant.
There’s just one catch, as far as I can tell: alerts – i.e. pieces of vital information such as “the school is closed today due to earthquakes / floods / falling masonry” will not be sent automatically. For “alerts”, you have to click on the “Alerts” button (forgive me if I’m wrong, but this is what I understand from the school’s letter to us) – so the onus is on the parents to do that each morning.
Indeed, as the Communicator blurb tells us, we should “get into the habit of switching on your PC before school in the morning (while making a nice cup of coffee for yourself” (and click on banner ads to “support our advertisers”).
Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?
Perhaps because that hour from getting up, bog-eyed at 6am to kicking the children out of the door at 7.10am, is spent making packed lunches, checking PE kits, filling water bottles, cooking breakfasts, coaching tired children through breakfasts, cleaning teeth, helping pack school bags, doing emergency homework, signing reading diaries – oh, and getting dressed myself.
Do you seriously think, at 6am with two knackered children to get out of the door, I’m going to sit at my desk, turn on my computer and enjoy browsing through The Communicator “with a relaxing cup of coffee”, while clicking on ads to support advertisers?
Seriously? What planet do these people live on? (One without small children to get to school by 7.30am, clearly).