TISD to start issuing text alerts

Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 23:15 - Written by Staff Reports

Parents and guardians of Tyler ISD students soon will be able to receive text messages with urgent or time-sensitive information from the school district.

The district is expanding its Blackboard Connect features to include the text messages in addition to automated phone calls.

This means those parents, guardians and school district personnel who have the ability to receive text messages on their phones can take advantage of this opportunity.

About 10 a.m. Thursday, the district is scheduled to send a welcome message to those people who have shared cellphone numbers with their school.

The message will come from either 23177 or 63079 and will read, “TylerISD: You are now confirmed to receive alerts from us. More info text reply HELP or STOP TISDTXT to opt out.”

Those who want to receive future school district text messages do not have to do anything upon receiving the message.

However, those who want to unsubscribe from the feature should reply with “STOP TISDTXT” to be removed from the list, according to the news release.

The types of messages the district could send include those about event cancelations, school closures or delays, lockdowns or any other notice officials consider necessary, according to the news release.

Standard text messaging rates do apply and will not be paid for by TISD. Because of that, users should check with their wireless carrier for possible charges.

Anyone who does not receive the welcome text message should update their contact information with their school.

“The Blackboard Connect text messaging feature provides another opportunity for the district to communicate more effectively with our parents, students and employees,” Superintendent Gary Mooring said, according to the news release. “Sending texts, in addition to the phone call system already in place through Blackboard Connect, will further enhance our ongoing efforts to improve communications across the district.”