Area Schools Focus on Keeping Parents Updated on School Safety

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

Law enforcement and school officials take all threats seriously.

But how do they make sure parents stay in the loop?

Some area schools are using alerts, while others are still figuring out how to get information out to parents.

Paige Keel works in Dothan, her kids go to school in Slocomb.

"I don't want to have to run to the school every time I hear bits and pieces of what may be taking place," Keel said.

Last year the Slocomb Police Department asked parents to sign up online for a notification system called Nixle.

It sends alerts to parents' phones or emails about threats or public safety matters in the community.

"I would rather know yes this is a possibility, this is going on, we have done this for precautionary measures and everything is fine," Keel said.

The Dale County School System, meanwhile, is joining forces with the sheriff's office to keep parents in the know.

"We are looking at multiple ways of doing that either through social media. We want to make sure the number one thing, we will get the information out quicker and we are accurate in what we say," Dale County Superintendent Donny Bynum said.

One option they're considering is creating a twitter account for the board of education.

"The bottom line is, we're in an unpredictable world. Anything can happen. We want to make sure we take all the necessary steps to insure safety."

To find out if your area uses Nixle as a notification system and to sign up, visit

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