Text messaging to families
All principals and assistant principals
Text messaging is an excellent way to communicate important and timely messages to families. Please note that to ensure compliance with federal laws, schools can send text messages only to families who have agreed, in writing, to receive them.An “opt-in” to receive text messages is included in the contact information form (English | Spanish) found in this year’s back-to-school packets. To increase the number of families able to receive text messages, schools may create and distribute a stand-alone “opt-in” consent document. Because a parent/guardian signature is required, the document must be in print form. In addition to providing spaces for parent/guardian name, mobile phone number, date, and signature, the document should include the following message, with an option to select either “yes” or “no.”
Would you like to receive text messages* at the above cell phone number(s) with important information from the district or school, such as school closings or upcoming events?
*Text message charges may apply, depending on your cell phone plan, so please check
with your current cell phone provider.
To ensure that families who have opted-in for text messages are receiving them, staff must
- Enter the phone number into SMS in the “Contacts” tab
- Indicate the number as “Mobile – Text Allowed” under the “Type” column
View other items in the October 15, 2015, Leadership Action Update