I was on the phone with a friend yesterday morning -- discussing District 11 contract negotiations, as it just so happened -- when I saw a call coming in from 520-2200.
Well, EVERYONE with a child who attends District 11 schools knows *that's the school calling.*
Indeed, I have three children in District 11 schools...and when a call comes through during the daytime hours, it usually means someone just got hurt or in trouble.
"Oh, oh, oh...someone's calling from the school; I gotta take this call," said I before clicking over hurriedly. A sick uncertainty swept over me as I heard myself inquire, "Hello?"
"Hello??" I asked again.
"Hi, this is _____________. Sorry to use the school's automated urgent notification system, but I just wanted to let you know about some of the exciting new changes in food services. Did you know...."
Easily, a three-minute recorded message from So-and-So -- HE'S LUCKY I DIDN'T CATCH HIS NAME -- hawking food services in the middle of the day!
I was pretty outraged. At the end of the message, a lady said, "Press 7 to hear this message again." But when I did, I just got disconnected.
That's what the District is, if it uses it's automated urgent notification system in the middle of the day, for such a long and unwarranted, unimportant message: