School reminder robocall goes out at 6 a.m. Sunday to Pinellas County parents

11:22 AM, Aug 18, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- It's always a good idea to send out a reminder to parents that a new school year is about to start up... but doing it at 6 o'clock on a Sunday morning might be a little too early of a wake-up call.

10 News viewers say that's how early they received a robocall from new Pinellas County School Superintendent Michael Grego, informing them that classes start back up on Monday.

See Also: New school year means new superintendent

"Not a happy camper," said one comment on the 10 News Facebook page. "Last morning to sleep in and we all get woken up by that. NOT COOL!!"

"Someone must've hit am instead of pm by accident," another comment speculates.

Indeed, that appears to be more or less what happened. In a statement to 10 News, a spokeswoman for Pinellas County Schools says:

"The automated phone message that reached Pinellas County Schools families this morning welcoming them to the new school year was intended to go out in the evening. It certainly was not the district's intent for the call to be delivered at the time most families received it. The district apologizes for this unexpected disturbance and is investigating the reason for the error. The district sincerely looks forward to welcoming back all students for an exciting and productive 2013-2014 school year."

A second robocall was sent out around noon Sunday, apologizing for the mistake.

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