Lexington District One uses a communications tool called SchoolMessenger.
This is a telephone, email and text messaging system that helps us get emergency and general messages to students’ parents/guardians quickly.
We can, for instance, let you know that we are closing early due to bad weather, that your child’s bus is running late, that your child missed a day of school or even that your child is running low on lunch money.
At the beginning of each school year, we are also required to notify you about your rights under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. If you do not want to receive calls or text messages on your cell telephone, you can change your preferences at any time by using the SchoolMessenger website or the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market.
In case you are interested, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. 227) is a law that was passed by the US Congress in 1991. This law places restrictions on telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment, protecting the public from receiving unwanted phone calls.
While schools enjoy exemptions from some of these restrictions, the preference configurations within SchoolMessenger allow parents/guardians and staff to set their consent state (“yes” or “no”) for each telephone number associated with their account. With the exception of emergency calls, which cannot be exempted, any telephone number whose consent state is set to “no” will not receive calls from SchoolMessenger.
The information we have for you in the SchoolMessenger system comes from our student information system, PowerSchool. If we send an emergency message using the SchoolMessenger system, the system will call the number that you, the parent, designated to receive emergency calls.
If your telephone number(s) or email address changes for any reason, you can change those before school begins as you register your student online using the district’s online registration system. If, after school begins, you need to change your telephone number(s) or email address, contact your child’s school.
If you are a new parent this year or you are a parent who never set up a SchoolMessenger account, you will need to create a new SchoolMessenger account using the email address we currently have on file for you in PowerSchool. Click here for directions on creating an account and managing your preferences.
Parents of students new to Lexington District One, when you register your child and provide your mobile telephone number as part of your contact information, you will receive a confirmation text message from short code 67587 letting you know you will receive text messages through SchoolMessenger. If you do not wish to receive text messages from Lexington District One, reply “Stop” to the message you receive. You may want to create a new contact in your contacts list for the short code 67587 called Lexington One to make it easier to know that the message is coming from Lexington District One.
SchoolMessenger does not charge any text message fees, but your wireless provider may charge text message fees. You can find that information in your account plan.