SchoolMessenger and Emergency Notifications

The “Opt In” text message from the district’s new SchoolMessenger notification system was sent to parents Oct. 29. Joining this process with your cell phone will include you on notifications such as inclement weather, late starts or other emergency situations that may arise during school hours.

If you have a question, please see below:
  • If the text went to the wrong cell phone number. Do nothing with the text message. Subscribe to the system from the cell phone you would like to use by texting “subscribe” to 68453. You will then need to email or call your building secretary to update the new cell phone number in PowerSchool.
  • If you did not receive a text message. Subscribe to the system from the cell phone you would like to use by texting “subscribe” to 68453. You will then need to email or call your building secretary to update the new cell phone number in PowerSchool.
  • If you text 68453 and receive a message cannot be sent error. This means your wireless carrier has not turned on the Short Code feature on your cell phone. To have this feature turned on you will need to contact your wireless provider. Short codes are simply 5 or 6 digit numeric numbers that are assigned to businesses who desire to send bulk SMS messages through the carrier’s networks. All messages sent through the system will display the short code as the sending number (not a 10-digit phone number as in the case of mobile-to-mobile messaging). To obtain a short code, companies must go through a rigorous approval process by every major wireless carrier that ensures that they abide by their policies for sending SMS messages. Once short code has been activated on your phone subscribe to the system from the phone you would like to use by texting “subscribe” to 68453. You will then need to email or call your building secretary to update the new cell phone number in PowerSchool.
  • If you received a text message and are confused about what to do next. Do one of the following:
    • Parents/guardians who would like to receive notifications from the district via SMS text will need to reply with one of the following key words: “Y”, “Yes”, “Subscribe, “Optin” or Opt In.”
    • Do nothing and you will not be added.
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Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
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