Let everyone know when school is closed.
Perhaps most helpful in times of poor weather, OpenCheck is a free service for all UK schools that allows them to quickly and easily let parents, pupils and staff know if school has had to close in the event of an emergency or unexpected circumstance.
The morning after a night of heavy snowfall, for example, might result in a flock of calls to the school office (which may not be staffed) or a flurry of hits to the school website, which may not be able to handle the sudden, increased traffic.
With OpenCheck these are not problems.
Via the OpenCheck website, nominated contacts from a school can update the school’s status from a list of templates, or create their own. For example:
‘The school has had to close due to icy weather conditions. Please look out for further updates’
Authorised staff can update this status without having to be in school, at the OpenCheck website or with their smartphone using the free ParentComms: Mobile app.
The school’s OpenCheck status is then published in three ways:
- As an automated phone answer message that can be listened to by calling the OpenCheck number – 020 8408 7508, and entering your school’s 7 digit DfE code (available here).
- On the OpenCheck website and/or as an update to an RSS feed on your website.
- As a free push notification to the smartphones of those who have downloaded the ParentComms: Mobile app and registered for OpenCheck updates from school.
Authorised staff using Unified Sign On (USO) can log in at opencheck.atomwide.com and start using OpenCheck right away. If you are a member of staff at a school not using USO, simply follow the instructions here on how to get set up.
The Team at Atomwide