South Brunswick School District - School to Home Communications
The District understands and values the importance of effective communication between school and home. The District uses electronic means as its primary communication vehicle to keep our families and the community informed about information related to our schools. However, if the need arises, a letter from the building principal or the Superintendent may be sent home through the mail or in students' backpacks on any day throughout the school year. Parents or guardians are encouraged to check backpacks, mail and E-mail daily.
School Messenger (AutoDialer)
The District may implement its automated telephone communication system, School Messenger (AutoDialer), at any time. This communication enables administration to reach thousands of phone numbers in a matter of minutes. This system will be used to communicate emergency information, including but not limited to inclement weather closings, early dismissals and/or other information deemed important by the District. In such instances, parents or guardians will need to have emergency accommodations in place.
At the start of the school year, parents or guardians are informed of this service and are given directions for sign-up so that they may be apprised of emergency information immediately. There is also a Quick Link to School Messenger on the District Homepage. Parents and guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that this information is updated if telephone numbers change.
Online Friday Folders
Our K-8 schools post a weekly electronic communication on their Website to parents and guardians. These communications could include information/announcements from the principal and school as well as opportunities and information from community organizations (i.e. recreation, scouting, sports, etc.). This electronic communication will be the primary communication outlet to our families. Materials that are sensitive in nature (e.g. class trip permission slips) are sent home via hard copy. There may be instances - such as health-related updates - that require more than one communication to be sent out each week.
K-8 parents and guardians should check their child’s school Web site every Friday. (Or in the case of a school closing, the last day of the school week.) Parents/guardians will receive reminders of Friday Folder postings for South Brunswick Elementary and Middle schools by subscribing for this service by going to the "Manage Your SBSD Email Subscriptions" Quick Link located on the Home Page of the District's Web site, www.sbschools.org and subscribing to the Friday Folder by school of choice.
South Brunswick High School Electronic Notifications
South Brunswick High School sends periodic updates via email. High School parents are asked to register for these important communiqués. Parents/guardians will receive South Brunswick High School notifications by subscribing for this service by going to the Email List Quick Link located on the Home Page of the District's Web site, www.sbschools.org and subscribing to the high school grade levels of choice.
The District's Web site is another one of the primary sources of informational outlets for our parents and guardians. The site provides up-to-date news, including but not limited to need-to-know information, policies and upcoming events and/or emergency information. Each school hosts and maintains its own Web site, which communicates information directly targeted to its parent community. Important announcements and school policies are posted on the individual school sites. Contact information for staff members is also made available on the site. If the need arises, the District's Home Page features a scrolling Announcement Banner that contains important information such as school closings, registration dates and links to announcements or press releases. Each school also has the ability to post an Announcement Banner to their individual site, if needed.
The District's Facebook page and the Facebook pages of our individucal schools are another source for information.
Viking Television Network
The District operates two television stations. One station is used for internal use at South Brunswick High School and includes live broadcasts of the morning announcements and other high school-related programming. Viking Television Network (VTN) broadcasts to the community through Comcast Cable Channel 28 and Verizon FiOS Channel 36. The station broadcasts a bulletin board slide show of upcoming events and/or important announcements. Board meetings are broadcast on this station and are replayed regularly. During the school year, the High School morning announcements are rebroadcast as well. Other programming includes District events and features activities from all levels. The Broadcast schedule for VTN is also available on our Web site.