School Messenger notifies parents about emergencies and more

On March 18, Schoharie Central School District will begin using an automated call, text and email system called School Messenger to strengthen communications with all families. School Messenger will be used for routine calls and reminders, such as attendance and school meal balances; to share district and school news; and to inform about emergencies including as school closings, cancellations and delays.

School Messenger will automatically integrate contact information from the district’s SchoolTool student management system for parents/guardians of enrolled students. This means that parents/guardians will be automatically connected to School Messenger through SchoolTool, and if their information is up to date in SchoolTool, it will be up to date in School Messenger. There is no separate School Messenger account for parents/guardians to register for or maintain.

All parents/guardians should ensure the following information they provided to their child’s school is up to date:
Primary Contact
Home Phone, including area code
Cell Phone, including area code

Parents/guardians who need to update their information should contact their child’s school office (elementary or high school). Questions regarding School Messenger should be directed to the principal.

Please be sure not to block School Messenger on your cell, phone or email.

The goal of School Messenger is to quickly reach all parents/guardians for whom the district has contact information, not just those who choose to subscribe to School News Notifier (SNN). Unlike SNN, School Messenger is not a subscription service; parents/guardians are automatically included using the contact information they have provided to the district.

The district will continue to share information about school closings, delays, cancellations and other emergency situations as appropriate with local media including television, radio and newspapers and via postings on this website.

The School Messenger system will replace SNN after the current school year. The district is developing a plan to include community members in School Messenger so they may elect to continue to receive news alerts from the district. More information on School Messenger for non-parents/guardians will be provided in the future.