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With the start of the new school year approaching next week, the State of Delaware's Department of Education has unveiled a new Internet service on its site that will alert parents to school closings, delays and early dismissals.

Believed to be the first program of its kind in the nation, the service allows parents, students and teachers to register to be notified by email when their schools are closed or delayed.

They will also be able to access a secure state web page that will give them the information.

Administrators in all of the state's public schools, serving 130,000 students, will post their delay and closing information with the service.

Future improvements in the service will include the ability for teachers, students and parents to place an icon on their computer desktop that will flash when their school has been closed or delayed.

The idea for the service came from Jan Dill, a teacher at New Castle County Vo-Tech who lives in Rep. Wayne Smith's district. Dill said parents who don't have access to radio or TV at work can use their computers and the Internet to access the information.

At her urging, Rep. Smith sponsored House Resolution 7 last spring to develop the service.

"I thought it was a great idea," said Rep. Smith. "As a legislator, I often have issues brought to my attention. Sometimes innovative and new solutions are the best way to address those issues. This was one of those instances.

Parents can register to receive email notifications from up to five schools. The link above will take you to the registration page.


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