The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/Un3haV) that the new system is part of a redesign of the school district's website.
Tina Streeter, the system's webmaster, said the new system will give parents basic school information as well as instant information about school closings because of weather.
"It has a new name now, "Notify Me," and even if you had alerts before, you need to sign up again to use the new system," Streeter said.
Under the new system, the district website, desotocountyschools.org, and sites for individual schools in the 41-school district have a similar "Notify Me" button that users can click to get details about the new system and sign up for it.
Streeter said if parents sign up through the link on the district website, they will receive only district-wide information, not news about specific schools. For details about the individual school that a user's child attends, he or she needs to sign up through the "Notify Me" link on the school's website.
"They'll get weather alerts either way," Streeter said, "but they need to be sure to use the school's link to get information about the school. They can sign up for the district news as well if they want that information also."
Streeter said there's been a misconception that anyone using the previous alert system doesn't need to sign up again.
"This is a completely new system," said, "and registration doesn't carry over."