Google Voice

I’ve had some conversations lately around staff finding that text messages or phone calls are one of the best ways to communicate with parents. Totally agree that this is true and I strongly believe it’s our job to bridge the communication gap with our families. A concern that arose in these conversations has been using personal cell phone to text or call parents/guardians. I get that concern, don’t want to have them call you on the weekend, etc…

A solution to this is using Google Voice. This tool has been around for 8 years, but still seems a bit unknown. Google allows you through their service to have a phone number to text or call through them. You can text through your computer to parents and don’t need to give out your personal cell number. Here’s a how to use the product. 

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