The service is being provided by SchoolMessenger, which the district has used the last few years to communicate with parents via email and phone calls.
“So many people rely on their cell phones now,” CSISD Director of Communications Chuck Glenewinkel said. “Parents want information in a timely manner, especially when it is an emergency situation. Using text messaging will give us yet another tool to use to keep parents informed during urgent situations.”
The official launch date of the service is scheduled for February 11. Until that date, parents can opt in to the service by texting the word "yes" to the short-code phone number 68453.
On February 11, a text message will be sent to parents who have not opted in asking them if they would like to opt in.
If a parent would like to opt in, their cell phone number must be in the school’s student database.
Parents have received information detailing the opt in process.
“We will only use the text messaging feature of SchoolMessenger for emergencies,” Glenewinkel said. “We have many other ways to communicate with parents regarding everyday operations of the district.”