Dec 17, 2020 – Hudson Falls, N.Y. — In Thoughtexchange conversations with our school community this month, we heard one theme quite a bit. Our families want to be able to connect with the Hudson Falls Central School District via text message.
We heard our school community loud and clear. In response, the district is launching a new SMS text messaging service for families through our current SchoolMessenger system. We now have the capability to deliver text messages, straight to school community members’ mobile phones with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts, and more.*
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, parents will receive a message from SchoolMessenger welcoming them to the free system. Parents can also opt-in to this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “YES” to our school’s short code number, 67587. Participants can opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “STOP”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so parents can rest assured that their information is secure.
Please make sure that the contact information that you have provided in SchoolTool is still current. If it needs to be updated, please contact our district registrar by phone at (518) 681-4279.
Additionally, we encourage families to connect with the district through our website, social media channels, as well as our mobile application.
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 “shortcode” 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.