Sign up for text updates!

Parents and community members can sign up to receive SMS text messages from ASD or your school. ASD will use this service to communicate school closure information and general district news. Your school will use this service to share news and updates with families. Additionally, ASD’s Transportation Department will send a text message when school buses are more than 20 minutes late.

 

Text messages will only be sent to people who opt-in to receive texts. Parents and guardians of ASD students can opt-in by texting "Y" to the shortcode 67587. Community members can sign up for text updates by following the steps below. Users can opt-out at any time. This service is not intended to replace existing communications, but rather help enhance them.

 

Examples of districtwide messages you might receive if you opt in:

 

"All ASD schools are closed today due to hazardous road conditions."

"Due to current snowfall, we are canceling all after-school activities and sports today."

"Online registration opens tomorrow, visit asdk12.org for details."

 

Examples of schoolwide messages you might receive if you opt in:

 

"Join us on Thursday at 6 p.m. for our school carnival."

"Afterschool activities have been canceled today."

"Don't forget that tomorrow is an in-service day!"

 

 

 

School closures:

To receive school closure information, select Anchorage School District from the list of schools.

 

General school information:

To receive general school announcements, select specific school names from the list of schools. Remember, if you wish to receive school closure information, you must also select "Anchorage School District" from the list.

 

Late buses:

To receive notice when buses are running significantly late, select specific bus routes.

  • "Pickup Bus" is the morning route from home to school.
  • "Drop Off Bus" is the afternoon route from school to home.
  • If you do not want bus information, select the "N/A" option at the end of the list.

 

How to sign up as a community member:

  1. 1.

    Go the School Messenger sign-up page. Click on "Sign Up Now".

  2. 2.

    Enter your name, email and a password of your choosing to create an account.

  3. 3.

    Check the account of the email you entered and follow the directions you receive to activate the account.

  4. 4.

    Once your account is activated, select "Contact Info" and click on "Add More".

  5. 5.

    Add the cell phone number with which you wish to receive texts.

  6. 6.

    Follow the steps to confirm your cell phone number.

  7. 7.

    IMPORTANT: Under types of announcements, choose from these options: Emergency 2, Informational SMS (texts), Informational Phone(voice calls), Informational Email (email).

  8. 8.

    Save your changes and verify your phone number by following the instructions located under the "Contacts" pane of the "Contact Info" tab to the right of your phone number. 

 

ASD's vendor, School Messenger, does not charge for the text messages users will receive. However, wireless providers may charge for individual text messages depending on the plan associated with a person's phone. Users should familiarize themseves with their wireless package before opting-in to receive text messages.


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