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Health, Safety and Weather

BAD WEATHER

Cold temperatures, wind chill and snow can make getting to and from school challenging. Learn about how to prepare students for bad weather, including why schools stay open in bad weather, dressing your child for outdoor recess, and late or cancelled yellow bus service due to severe weather conditions. 

SCHOOL SAFETY

Learn about how we keep our schools safe and how you can help

EMERGENCIES AT SCHOOLS

Sometimes emergencies happen at schools. Learn about emergency procedures, how we'll communicate with you, and how you can help keep your child safe. 

URGENT MESSAGE SYSTEM

Our message system, SchoolMessengercan call and text you when there is a major incident at your child’s school. The system is already set up to send you voice messages, but we need your permission to contact you by text. Learn about SchoolMessenger and how to sign up to get texts.

HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION

Learn more about Alberta Health Service's recommended immunization schedule for families

LICE

Outbreaks of head lice are an occasional problem in schools. Learn more about how to treat lice and where to find more information

Our District has a new message system that can call and text you when there is a major incident at your child’s school.

SCHOOL MESSENGER

Most incidents don’t last long, but when there is a major incident—like a fire or evacuation—you need to know. Parents have told us they want accurate information quickly and directly, and to be alerted by both voice and text messages.

In February 2018, we launched a new system called SchoolMessenger. If there is a major incident at your child's school, SchoolMessenger will contact all the phone numbers on your family's file, in case one of your numbers is unavailable. The system is set up for voice messages, but we need your permission to contact you by text. Learn about how to sign up to receive texts from SchoolMessenger. 

HOW THE DISTRICT WILL CONTACT YOU

We’ll only use the new system to reach you during major incidents like lockdowns, evacuations, tornadoes, or significant community threats. Learn more about plans and procedures for school emergencies, and how to keep your child safe.

Frequency If the incident resolves quickly, you may only receive two messages—one at the beginning of the incident and another when it ends. We will update you when we can. 
Details The details we share will vary for each incident, but we’ll try to tell you:
  • what type of incident is happening
  • what your child is doing to stay safe
  • what we need you to do
One-way messaging SchoolMessenger is a one-way texting service. You cannot call or text questions back to the system.

SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL MESSENGER

Step 1: Update your contact information

Contact your child's school to make sure they have your current phone numbers. If you have children at more than one District school, update your phone numbers at each school. SchoolMessenger will contact all numbers on file for each student.

Step 2: Sign up to get updates by text

We need your permission to contact you by text. You only have to sign up once for SchoolMessenger, even if you have more than one child at District schools. 

Option 1

Text 'Y' or 'YES' to 978338.
You will get a reply to confirm that you are registered for text messages from SchoolMessenger.

Option 2

Watch for a text from SchoolMessenger:

Reply 'Y' or 'YES'. 
You will get a reply to confirm that you are registered for text messages from SchoolMessenger.

Trouble signing up?

If you signed up for text updates but didn't get a confirmation reply, here are a few things to think about.

Did you text the right number?  Make sure you text 'Y' or 'YES' to 978338.
Does the school have your current cell phone number? If the school has an outdated cell phone number on file, you won't get text messages.
Does your cell phone provider allow short code messaging?  If they don't, you won't be able to get text messages.