School TCPA Compliance

How does the Telephone Consumer Protection Act impact your school’s communication strategy?

Abiding by the TCPA guidelines, allows you to be proactive and confident in your school’s communication strategy. Ensuring that those you contact are interested in your school and educational goals. Below are some resources to help you with your school TCPA compliance strategy.

The TCPA provides your school with a standard of accountability on how your contact information is acquired and used.

What is the TCPA?

In short, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was created to limit the number of unwanted messages sent by automated dialing systems.

Most recently, in 2012, the FCC revised its TCPA rules to require telemarketers (1) to obtain prior express written consent from consumers before robocalling them, (2) to no longer allow telemarketers to use an “established business relationship” to avoid getting consent from consumers when their home phones, and (3) to require telemarketers to provide an automated, interactive “opt-out” mechanism during each robocall so consumers can immediately tell the telemarketer to stop calling.

 

What actions are schools taking to become TCPA Compliant?

There are several options available for your school to become TCPA Compliant. We’ve compiled a list of options for you to consider. However, we strongly recommend you contact your legal counsel before finalizing your TCPA Compliance Strategy.

Your first steps to TCPA compliance can be as simple as announcing your use of the SchoolCast Rapid Notification System and updating the methods in which you collect contact information.  

  1. Announce your use of the SchoolCast Rapid Notification System. Clearly define how you use it and what they can expect.
  2. Include language on registration forms, within handbooks/policies, and other stakeholder contact forms explaining your intent to contact them utilizing the SchoolCast Rapid Notification System.
  3. Request consent to contact them via phone call and/or SMS text message utilizing the SchoolCast Rapid Notification System. 
  4. Document each type of phone number provided (mobile/landline) along with the type of calls permitted (All or Emergency Only) in your contacts and in your SchoolCast Data.
  5. Instruct contacts to mark “Emergency Only” for emergency contacts. 
  6. Keep your contacts and SchoolCast data up-to-date either with automatic integration, scheduled manual integrations, and/or enabling your contacts access to their SchoolCast Dashboard to manage their information.

How can SchoolCast help with TCPA Compliance?

All contacts within the SchoolCast Rapid Notification System have their own online User Dashboard thus giving them the responsibility of maintaining accurate information and preferences. Each user has a unique username and password, access to their contact information, communication preferences, and SchoolCast message history within their personal user dashboard. 

Don’t let TCPA compliance hinder your communication strategy.

Contact our Customer Success Team today to learn more about strengthening your school TCPA compliance strategy.

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