CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) is rolling out an update to the Cullman County Schools mobile app, with the integration of Rooms, a two-way communication and messaging tool. With it, parents and students can interact with teachers, exchange messages, access classroom resources and more. Rooms can be accessed via the web as well as the district app, which is available for free and can be accessed on Apple and Android devices.
The goal is to consolidate communications in one place. Parents can see their students’ classes and engage directly with teachers. Parents will receive invitations to Rooms by email.
Rooms was given a trial run over the summer by coaches and summer school attendees to facilitate communication around fall sports activities. Following successful testing, the platform is now being extended across the entire district.
“It’s designed to be a safe and secure platform. Student privacy, and obviously data privacy, is a big conversation. It takes all that into account for the district so parents can rest easy,” said Nick Lewis, a representative from Apptegy, the platform’s creator. He said that by adopting Rooms, the district mitigates risks related to teachers contacting students and parents from their personal devices, ensuring all communication occurs within the protected system.
“One of the best things is parents only have to sign up once. So, if it’s a kindergarten parent, they will sign up one time over the course of that student being in the system through 12th grade,” explained Lewis, who said Rooms reduces the hassle of managing multiple accounts for different classes or activities.
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