School Messenger – District moves to NEW Notification System

The Monticello Community School District has contracted with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of notification services for parental outreach, emergency broadcasts, student attendance alerts and other communications for education.

The SchoolMessenger system is designed to automatically notify parents for reasons that impact the safety and academic performance of students. SchoolMessenger will extend the district’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as inform parents of upcoming school events such as statewide testing and parent meetings. As a comprehensive communication tool, SchoolMessenger will contribute to the district’s continued efforts to improve communication with its constituents. Information about the upcoming bond issue, grade level, building level, and/or district-wide announcements, as well as changes in extra-curricular schedules, are just a few examples of how SchoolMessenger can increase the communication between the Monticello School District and parents, students, staff and community members. An automated attendance notification system is part of the SchoolMessenger program. Starting soon, parents will receive an automated phone message and email from the SchoolMessenger system, when their child is absent and the office personnel have not been contacted with a reason for the absence. This only emphasizes how important it is to have current and accurate information in PowerSchool, since SchoolMessenger pulls all contact information from PowerSchool. Parents have been able to enroll in the SchoolMessenger system to receive text messages in addition to the automated phone calls and emails. If you haven’t received a text message to enroll, contact Morgan Murray at 465-3575 Ext. 2280

SchoolMessenger will not replace current school communication methods, with one exception. The district will discontinue the use of School Alerts. Principals will still be accessible for live visits and will continue to communicate via current methods including paper-based memoranda. The district’s acquisition of the SchoolMessenger system is intended to extend its commitment to remain personally connected with parents by offering additional and timely communications.