Baltimore County schools are about to open their phone lines.
Beginning tonight, the Parent/Student Connection will provide information about the county schools and other community services.
Superintendent Stuart Berger and PTA Council President Elizabeth Crosby will kick off the service at a news conference this evening.
The phone numbers -- 887-5447 and 887-0646 -- will be staffed from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The connection won't offer help with homework, although its volunteers will be able to supply the number of the homework hot line.
TTC Volunteers also will give information on lunch menus, bus schedules, job openings, report card dates, PTA officers and other school-related topics.
They will be able to direct callers to community resources available through government and other agencies.
The connection is not a crisis hot line, though volunteers are trained in crisis management and can give out emergency numbers.
The information line will allow volunteers to tap into computer data bases that include items of interest to students and parents, said Barbara Dezmon, a teacher and the project's coordinator.
The PTA Council and the Banneker Community Association are working with the school system on the information line. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. is also a sponsor.
"There is nothing like this in the state. Not only can we give them knowledge about the school system, but also about any services available to Baltimore County residents," she said.
The service will open with about 25 volunteers. Most of them are parents and PTA members, but at least two principals will be helping to staff the service, Ms. Dezmon said.
The service cost about $6,800 to set up, but will operate for less than $100 a month, the sponsors said. Volunteers will work at Randallstown and Parkville high schools. The phone numbers will serve residents from throughout the county.