An Execution Fail

Today, we had the least fun type of winter storm around. We had a few snowflakes, a bunch of freezing rain, and a lot of sleet. It was just enough to make everything slick and dangerous and not enough of anything to even make it look pretty. Hell, it wasn’t even enough to look threatening despite the fact that cars were sliding down exit ramps. It was just enough to make the transplanted Northerners laugh their asses off at us Southerners.

For once though, the local schools got it right and managed to get the kids home before the roads got bad. They even issued the news of the early release Thursday night so parents could prepare. But, the weather moved in a bit faster than expected and by about 10 am, they decided releasing the students 3 hours early wouldn’t be enough. They bumped up the release time to 4 hours early.

Chaos ensued. Elementary school kids were going to lunch starting at 10 am. Middle schoolers were starting lunch at 9 am. And, kids and schools were desperately trying to contact parents to let them know about the change.

robo-dialerSomeone had the bright idea of using the school system’s robo-dialer to notify parents about the new release time. In theory, this seemed like a great idea. The robo-dialer is great for telling parents about when their kids have missed school. It’s also great for the not so time sensitive phone calls like the weekly announcements about school activities. After all, a call anytime on Sunday is a fabulous heads up for the events of the school week. What the system  is NOT great for is getting out time sensitive messages. When a school system has about 150,000 students, you simply can not rely on a robo-dialer to get out these emergency announcements in a timely fashion.

The middle schools let out at 11 am. I got the robo-dialer call at 1:10. I laughed my ass off about that but, I didn’t know I was one of the luckier ones. I got the early release call before the school day would have normally been over. My best friend got the early release call, telling her that her daughter would be released at 11 am at 5:30 pm.

Talk about a technological fail.

Do you have any similar stories about something that was good in theory but an utter failure in execution? Share please!

4 Responses to An Execution Fail
  1. Christine Seip
    January 26, 2013 | 9:09 am

    I took Anna to school, because I didn’t want her driving, and she wasn’t really excited about that. They were supposed to get out at 12:25. So at 11, I get a text: “They let the drivers out already!”. Bummer for her lol.

  2. Mrs. Gamgee
    January 26, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Wow… I think that qualifies as a major fail. Glad it wasn’t a major inconvenience for your family. I will drive in snow, no problem, but I won’t move a muscle in freezing rain. I am terrified of black ice.
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  3. Erica
    January 27, 2013 | 8:36 am

    That is chaos. I like your term robodialer. That’s a new one for me. I think it’s amazing that they have that now, though. So much has changed since I was in school. Min is now in kindergarten so it’s a whole new learning experience for us.
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  4. Nasreen
    February 9, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    Ouch. Not exactly looking forward to the fun of early releases and robodials! My son’s school does a lot through email as well.
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