What's "APP"ening at Salt River Schools?

What's "APP"ening at Salt River Schools?
Posted on 03/29/2018
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BROADCAST: A NEW WAY TO ENGAGE

Salt River Schools is excited to announce the adoption of SchoolMessenger for notification services! These “Broadcasts” will enhance the Division’s school-to-home communication and allow administrators to send a voice, email and/or text message to designated contacts for families.

The majority of these Broadcasts will be general announcements and event reminders, and non-emergency in nature. All non-emergency messages may be sent to two phone numbers and two email addresses that parents/guardians have designated as “Primary” within student registration packets. Emergency Broadcasts would be sent to additional phone numbers and email addresses, if the parents/guardians have provided them. Duplicate numbers/addresses are flagged by the system to eliminate repeat calls.

Please contact your child's school to ensure we have the best phone number to reach you for both general announcements and emergencies. It is important that parents and emergency contacts do not attempt to contact the school, teachers or their students during an emergency as that could impact everyone’s safety.


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Download the NEW Salt River Schools App!

Aligning our communication systems and engagement efforts across Salt River Schools now includes the new Division app for smartphones! 

The Salt River Schools app provides easy, instant mobile access to Division news, events, notifications, lunch menus and social media content, as well as access to the PowerSchool parent portal.

The app is available for FREE through the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android. For step-by-step instructions on how to download the app to your smartphone, click here


COMING SOON: TEXT OPT-IN TO STAY INFORMED

The new Broadcast system described above will have the capability to send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them. Over the next few weeks, we will be encouraging stakeholders to confirm we have accurate phone numbers and encourage them to participate with their cell phones, as we believe this will be a new, great way to bridge existing communication gaps.

Recipients can easily opt-in by simply sending “Y” (or “Yes”), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number. We will be inviting recipients to do this over the next several weeks and continue throughout the year.

The wireless number(s) must be in the SchoolMessenger database associated with a student ID number; these numbers are updated nightly. If a recipient’s SMS Text number is changed, or a new number added, in our student information system database, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.

Questions? Email Taté Walker, School Communications & PR Director.

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