Ridgely El­e­men­tary next Caro­line school to change phone num­ber

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DEN­TON — The process of chang­ing over many Caro­line County schools’ phone lines con­tin­ued with Ridgely El­e­men­tary School, Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools said in a news re­lease.

As of Thurs­day, March 15, Ridgely’s new phone num­ber is 410-479-3243.

Be­cause of sig­nif­i­cant changes to the fed­eral telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions E-Rate Re­im­burse­ment Pro­gram, it has be­come in­creas­ingly cost pro­hib­i­tive to main­tain tra­di­tional land­lines. In ad­di­tion, in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the school sys­tem in­di­cated phone com­pa­nies will even­tu­ally dis­con­tinue their sup­port of land­lines.

Given these cir­cum­stances, the process of mov­ing from land­lines to a Voice Over In­ter­net Pro­to­col (VOIP) sys­tem be­gan with Pre­ston El­e­men­tary School ear­lier in March, and con­tin­ued with Ridgely Ele­men­tar y.

Each school’s phone num­ber, re­gard­less of school lo­ca­tion, has been or will even­tu­ally be changed to a 479 ex­change. Schools that cur­rently have a 479 ex­change will re­main the same.

As this is a lengthy project, fam­i­lies should be sure to mon­i­tor all com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods, in­clud­ing SchoolMes­sen­ger phone mes­sages and email, the SchoolWay app, so­cial me­dia, web­sites, print ma­te­ri­als sent home and print news­pa­per, to stay con­nected to their child’s school.

“We ex­pe­ri­enced a smooth phone num­ber change over at Pre­ston El­e­men­tary, and an­tic­i­pate the same at Ridgely El­e­men­tary,” said Mil­ton Nagel, as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for ad­min­is­tra­tive ser vices.

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