EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – When Barbara Nuzzi was named the newest superintendent of schools in Tuckahoe, she vowed to bring new technology and innovation to the district.
The new technological-age in Tuckahoe will begin on Friday, when school officials conduct the first district-wide test of Blackboard Connect, a notification platform that will make it easier to disseminate messages and emergency notifications.
According to district officials, the school put Blackboard Connect in place for the entire district so school leaders can maintain lines of communication with parents and faculty members in the event of an emergency. The system will also be used to distribute information on school closures, test schedules and volunteer programs.
Nuzzi said the new system will allow the district to send quick and accurate notifications, which will help prevent the spread of any misinformation that could potentially circulate amongst parents.
“Keeping our students safe and parents informed is our top priority, which is why we need to be able to communicate with parents, students and staff quickly in an urgent situation,” she said. “This gives us the technology to communicate efficiently with parents and staff. It enables us to keep them appraised of urgent situations and easily engage them on important issues that may impact their child’s education.”
Ed Miller, the president of Blackboard’s administrative platform group, added that this system has worked in other school districts around the country.
“Blackboard Connect enables school leaders to communicate more effectively with parents and their communities at large,” he said in a statement. “It has been proven to increase safety and security, student achievement, parental involvement, funding and overall enrollment for school districts across the nation.”