On Oct. 22, the district and associated charter schools will be adding text messaging capabilities to SchoolMessenger, the mass notification system we now use to deliver important information by phone and email to parents and staff.
We have heard from principals that some parents would like to receive text messages so we are making this option available to school sites as an additional means of communication. This new tool aligns with the Board of Education’s focus in 2014 on enhancing communications and parent engagement as outlined in Vision 2020.
The system will be configured to send text messages to cell phone numbers in SchoolMessenger whose recipients have agreed to receive them.
In order to participant, you must opt-in by texting “Yes” to 68453 from each mobile device at which you wish to receive text messages. Should you opt-in and then no longer wish to receive messages, or vice versa, the process for switching preferences is simple; either text “YES” or “STOP” to 68453.
It is important to note that recipients will only receive text messages if they opt-in, have a cell phone number on file with the district in PowerSchool and the message sender provides content for a text message. If you do not have a cell phone number on file at your child’s school, please contact the school and have them add it to PowerSchool.
Principals may use text messaging in a variety of capacities while the district will reserve its use of text messaging to emergency situations, such as lockdowns or school closures, in which short, quick communication is helpful. Texts may also direct individuals to an email or a website for more information.
For those that have not opted-in on their own, a reminder message will be sent district-wide Oct. 22 to all cell phone numbers on file reminding individuals to opt-in. The message will read “San Diego Unified text messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm.”
Oct. 22 is the day that the district and school sites can start sending text messages to individuals that have opted-in.
The district and school sites will send reminders throughout the school year to encourage recipients to opt-in.
More information about text messaging is available on the district’s Communications Department webpage at www.sandi.net/communications.
San Diego Unified Communications Department