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October 4, 2016

District phasing in School Messenger notification system for parents and community

A letter is being sent home with students this week about the School Messenger notification system that the district is beginning to use to communicate with families. School Messenger supports e-mail, text messages and voice calls.

This new system relies on the contact information that was provided as part of the online Returning Student Registration process initiated via the Parent Portal this year. Parents who have not yet completed this form are encouraged to log in to the Parent Portal and do so as soon as possible. Click on the InfoSnap “Infosnap Student Enrollment” link in menu on the left side.

 

New Community Notification System is Coming

School Messenger is replacing the School News Notifier (SNN) system. In the coming weeks, the district will be announcing the availability of a community subscription portion of the system, through which residents can sign-up to receive district news, Board meeting announcements, school closing information and Continuing Education alerts.

Existing SNN accounts will not automatically transfer to School Messenger, and residents will need to create a new account once this system is available in mid-October.

 

Parents: Notification Preferences & Text Message Opt-In

Parents will not need to sign-up for the community-based School Messenger system, as they are connected through the portal. However, there are some steps that families can take to make most effective use of School Messenger, as outlined below.

Text Message Confirmation - Before any text message can be received from the system, there is a required opt-in process. On Monday, Oct. 17, a confirmation message will be sent to all text-messaging capable phone numbers provided through the online registration process. If you would like to receive any text messages that our schools send through the system, please reply “Y” when you receive this message.

Notification Preferences - Families will have the option to customize their message preferences beyond the system defaults. This includes selecting the types of notifications that you would like to receive and the numbers and/or e-mail addresses at which you would like to receive them. In addition to emergency, weather, and general announcements, there are two alerts in the system that you may wish to request: Board of Education meeting notices and Continuing Education announcements.

You can select these messages and adjust notification preferences in an area of the Parent Portal known as “InfoCenter.” Login to the Parent Portal and select the InfoCenter link.

If you have questions or need help with any of the systems referenced in this letter, you can:

  • E-mail powerschool@niskyschools.org
  • Visit the Power School Support web page 
  • Call the main office of your child’s school, which will be able to provide direct assistance or connect you with the help you need.

Thank you for your patience and assistance as we implement new systems that are designed to improve communications.