May We Text You?
Pinellas County Schools will begin using text messages as an additional way to communicate with employees and families in the 2018-19 school year. Text messages will only be used to communicate information related to school emergencies.
Employees and parents/guardians of students in Pinellas County Schools can text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 to begin receiving text messages from the school district. Opting out is easy: send the message “Stop” to 67587 at any time.
If you already receive recorded phone messages from your child’s school on your mobile number, you are ready to opt in to receive text messages. If you do not already receive recorded phone messages on your mobile phone, please contact your student’s school to provide a mobile phone number and update the information in FOCUS (student information system).
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. Log in and go to the section called “Personal” and click “Edit/Update” if you need to update the phone number on file.
This opt-in campaign is being done in preparation for using text messages in the 2018-19 school year.
Pinellas County Schools utilizes SchoolMessenger for this service. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, which means your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
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 notification provider, SchoolMessenger, uses a true SMS protocol developed by the telecommunications industry specifically for mass text messaging, 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.