Waukee Community School District uses a notification system called SchoolMessenger. SchoolMessenger is a fully hosted notification platform used to connect parents, students and staff through voice, SMS text, email and social media. Currently, this system is used for building-level, nutrition negative balance, busing and emergency messages. An emergency notification could include, but not limited to, messages about school closings or delays due to inclement weather or other emergency situations that may arise during school hours.

Student contact information is collected from parents/guardians during registration and imported into PowerSchool. If your contact information has changed, you will need to contact your building secretary to have this information updated in PowerSchool. While there is no “list” to sign up for, in order to receive an SMS text, the “opt-in” process must be completed on each cell phone you would like to receive SMS text message.

How to “opt-in” and receive SMS text notifications:

  • Parents/guardians/students/staff can subscribe by texting one of the keywords: Y, Yes, Subscribe, to 68453. The cell phone numbers used must be in PowerSchool to receive a notification.
  • Parents/guardians/students/staff can unsubscribe at any time by texting the keywords: “Quit”, “Remove” or “Unsubscribe” to 68453. Parents/guardians/students/staff can opt-in and opt-out as many times as necessary.
  • Opting in does not mean that you will immediately start receiving text messages. It simply means that you have indicated your willingness to receive messages from the SchoolMessenger service. Cell phones must be in PowerSchool to receive a notification from Waukee Community School District.
  • If you would like to add a new cell phone number to your contact information in PowerSchool, please contact your building secretary.
  • There is no fee from Waukee Community School District and/or SchoolMessenger for SMS text messages, however, recipients may be charged for receiving district messages depending on the type of monthly plan they have with their wireless provider.

Website (waukeeschools.org): Emergency messages and updates will be posted on the district homepage as they develop.

Facebook & Twitter (@WaukeeCSD): Messages will be posted as quickly as possible to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Local news media: When appropriate, we will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.