Text alerts to parents activated

The state Department of Education last week launched a text message communication method for alerts and activities between schools and parents.

On Aug. 27, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message from 67587 to public school parents, which said: “Hawaii Department of Education alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt.”

Parents of students enrolled at the 200 schools statewide participating in this service — including all Maui County schools — may opt in by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. Parents also may opt out of these messages at any time by replying “Stop.”

Parents who replied to the text will begin receiving alerts two weeks after their initial opt-in date; they will receive the information via other means in the meantime.

SchoolMessenger will send this text message only once. Anyone who may have deleted the text message or chose not to opt in at this time may still enroll by visiting www.schoolmessenger.com and downloading the program’s smartphone app.

SchoolMessenger is a communication platform used to deliver text messages to mobile phones with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and other important information.