Emergency Text Message System

  • Pinellas County Schools uses text messages as an additional way to communicate with employees and families during the school year. Text messages are used to communicate information about severe weather and other emergencies.

    To get alerts, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. Opting out is easy: send the message “Stop” to 67587 at any time. This service is just for Pinellas County Schools employees and families.  

    If you opted in before, you don’t need to opt in again.

    Families:

    If you already receive recorded phone messages from your child’s school on your mobile phone number, you are ready to opt in to receive text messages. If you do not receive recorded phone messages on your mobile phone, please contact your student’s school to provide a mobile phone number to update your information in FOCUS.

    You can also learn how to update your contact information at www.pcsb.org/contactinfo.

    Employees:

    If you already receive recorded phone messages from your school or the district on your mobile number, you are ready to opt in to receive text messages. Verify your personal contact information in Employee Self Service. To update the phone number on file, log in and go to the section called “Personal” and click “Edit/Update.”

     

    Information on SMS text messaging and Short Codes:

    SMS stands for Short Message Service and is commonly referred to as a "text message." Most cell phones support this type of text messaging. Our provider, SchoolMessenger, uses a true SMS protocol developed by the telecommunications industry for mass text messaging. It is referred to as “short code” texting. This method is fast, secure and highly reliable because it is strictly regulated by the wireless carriers and only allows access to approved providers. If you’ve ever sent a text vote for a TV show to a number like 46999, you have used short code texting.

    Terms and Conditions:

    Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See schoolmessenger.com/txt for more info.

     Opt in from your mobile phone now! Just Send Y or Yes to 67587