District adds text messaging to parent notification service

To enhance the way it communicates with parents and guardians, Fayetteville-Manlius School District recently upgraded one of its existing notification systems to include text messaging.

Starting this school year, the district will have the ability to send short and timely messages – such as weather-related closures – directly to subscribers’ mobile phones through the SchoolMessenger communications platform.

The district will continue to distribute non-urgent news through its existing communications tools, including the F-M website, social media (Facebook and Twitter) channels, School News Notifier, automated phone calls and emails.

Text messaging will only be used to share time-sensitive alerts.

To comply with wireless carrier requirements, parents and guardians must opt-in to receive text messages from the district. During the week of Aug. 13, a text message invitation will be transmitted from SchoolMessenger to all primary contacts listed in SchoolTool. Recipients should reply “Y” or “Yes” to enroll.

Subscribers can opt out of receiving district text messages by replying to the text with the word “stop.”

The school district is not responsible for text message charges that may be incurred by subscribers for sending or receiving text messages.