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Atkinson Schools install crisis hotline

May 3, 2007

Atkinson County - The Atkinson County School System now has a new tool to help them deal with school delays and road closures caused by the 6,000 acre Roundabout Swamp fire.

Schools have been starting on a two-hour delay and many bus routes have been closed due to the heavy smoke that blanketed the area.

It's often been hard to inform the 1,700 students and teachers of the newest information.

So Superintendent Paul Jones just purchased a crisis communication system that will inform parents, teachers and bus drivers of any changes with the touch of a button. 

"If we have an additional school closing or once we can resume a normal schedule, if schools will need to have a delay because of atmospheric conditions, we'll be able to make that call in the morning and everyone will receive a phone call," Jones says.

He says the delay will remain in place either until school is out May 18th or the smoke is no longer a problem.

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