During the fall of 2016, the district began phasing in a new communications
system called School Messenger to keep parents and community members informed
about district and school news. School Messenger is replacing School News
Notifier (SNN), which will no longer be used effective January 2017.
School Messenger supports e-mail, text messages and phone calls to parents, community and staff members. There are alerts for general district news, weather-related closings, School Board news and Continuing Education.
Community members interested in receiving School Messenger notifications from the district can create an account at https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/niskyschools/subscriber/. Step-by-step instructions are below. For assistance, please e-mail email@example.com.
Please note that parents do not need to go through the sign-up process, as they are connected to School Messenger through the student management system. Parents can select notifications and set contact preferences by logging into the Parent Portal and accessing the "InfoCenter" area. For more information, click here.
1. Go to
https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/niskyschools/subscriber/ and select the link
that says "First Time User? Sign-Up Now." Fill in the form to to create an
2. You will receive an e-mail with instructions and a link to activate the account.
3. Once you have activated your account, you will be brought to a screen with the heading "Notification Preferences." On the lower portion of this screen, please select the notifications you would like to receive and click "save." To receive text alerts on snow days, you must select "Weather," follow step #4 after you select "save."
4. To receive texts, click "Add More" under your e-mail address in the "Contact Area." Select "SMS text" and enter the number of your phone that is equipped to receive text messages. The system will guide you through the steps, including making a confirmation phone call. See below for answers to frequently asked questions about text messaging.
Note: As part of step #4, you can also choose to receive any phone calls that are sent out by the district. Phone calls will be infrequent. Snow day alerts will go out via text and e-mail only.
5. Once you have completed this phone call, click "Done." You will be brought to a screen that displays your contact and notification preferences.
6. Hold on to your username and password in a secure manner so that you can log back in to the system in case you need to change your notifications or contact information at any time.
How often will I receive text messages? The district does not intend to use School Messenger frequently for text messages or phone calls. These are most likely to be used when a time-sensitive matter must be sent via text. Most routine communication from the system will be sent via e-mail. However, text messages will be sent via this system for snow days.
Will I be charged for the text messages that I receive from School Messenger? School Messenger does not charge recipients for text messages that they receive or send to the short code. However, wireless providers may charge for individual text messages, depending on the plan associated with the wireless device. Please consult your carrier if you are uncertain.
What number(s) will the district send text messages to for community/staff subscribers? Text messages will be sent to the SMS text message-capable numbers provided as part of the process of creating an account?
How do recipients opt-out of receiving text messages? You can do this by not responding to the text message invitation. You can also text “STOP” to 67587 at any time, opt out at http://schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.