Communicating with parents is an important part of the work we do as a school district. One of our many avenues for communication is the use of SchoolMessenger, a parent notification system that is provided to us courtesy of Commercial Trust Company. Many parents rely on SchoolMessenger for receiving important and timely information regarding school happenings.
For those of you who rely on SchoolMessenger, we want to alert you to recent changes regarding the system. Due to recent changes in federal rules that cover school communications, we must now collect parental consent for non-emergency notification messages. In order to comply with these requirements, we have reverted all parents to Emergency message status only. Everyone who wishes to receive non-emergency messages, such as school event information, general announcements, attendance calls, and activities information, will need to go to the SchoolMessenger website www.schoolmessenger.com/start start to provide consent for these calls. Select “Preferences” to choose which messages you would like to receive. Starting immediately, parents will not receive any messages other than emergency messages unless you go to the SchoolMessenger website and request them. Your email address is the username for signing into SchoolMessenger. If you do not have a current email address listed in your student’s PowerSchool account, you will not be able to sign in to the SchoolMessenger site.
If you need to update or add your email address in PowerSchool, you simply need to sign in to Powerschool https://harrisburgbulldogs.org/public/ select email notifications on the left menu bar, and update your email address. Please note that if you have more than one email address, you must separate them with a comma. Also, remember that if you have more than one student, you must update your email address in each child’s PowerSchool account.
This video https://vimeo.com/173531877 will provide an overview of the above information. If you have any difficulty with updating SchoolMessenger or PowerSchool, please do not hesitate to call our office at (573) 875-5604. If you do not have an active PowerSchool account, you may also call us for help in getting that set up. Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions as well as with any thoughts or suggestions you may have regarding our communication efforts.
Steve Combs, Superintendent