School Messages via SMS/Text
PARENTS & GUARDIANS
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SCHOOL MESSAGES VIA TEXT/SMS
With this free service*, you will receive text messages notifying you of inclement weather, safety alerts, school closings or other important information impacting your school system.
Your privacy is important – your information will not be used for any other purposes.
*Message and/or data rates may apply.
PARTICIPATETo participate and receive SMS text alerts on your cell, just scan the code below, or text Y, YES, or OPTIN to 68453.
STOP ANYTIMEYou can opt-out from alerts at any time – just reply with STOP to any message, or HELP if you need assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do recipients opt-in to receive text messages?
1. Text the word “YES” to 68453 from each wireless device they wish to receive texts on.
How do recipients opt-out of receiving text messages?
Recipients not wishing to receive text messages to a particular number can simply do one of the following:
1. Don’t opt-in, and don’t reply to the opt-in invitation message.
2. Text “STOP” to 68453 at any time.
3. Opt out online at http://schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg
4. Request that the School Messenger system administrator add the number to the account’s phone number block list.
I received a text message that says it’s from School Messenger? What does it mean?
That was the opt-in invitation message sent by School Messenger if it was from 68453 and it said:
Belle Fourche School District 9-1 text messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm
To continue receiving informational text messages from the school district reply with “YES”.
If you don’t reply, you will not receive any future texts from School Messenger.
I opted in, but I’m not receiving texts?
Ensure that the district has included your correct device number in the database (Student Information System or HR System) in the SMS phone fields that are synchronized with School Messenger. It may take 24 hours for this number to be active after being changed or added to the district’s system.
Send a text with the word “YES” from that specific device to 68453. You should receive an opt-in confirmation message from the service.
If you want to receive texts on multiple devices, each device number must have an opt-in receipt.
Confirm that the district has attempted to send a School Messenger broadcast that includes a text message to your phone number.
How do I know if it worked?
After you text one of the key words to the short code the system will ALWAYS respond back with one of three messages:
Opt-in Response:You’re now registered with the School Messenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply.3msgs/mo. schoolmessenger.com/tm
Opt-out Response:You’re unsubscribed from School Messenger. No more messages will be sent. Reply Y to re-subscribe or Help for help. Msg & data rates may apply schoolmessenger.com/tm
Help or Unknown Key Word Response:Reply Y to subscribe for aprox 3 msgs/mo.Text STOP to quit. For more information reply HELP.
Any other response – or no response – indicates the recipient should contact their wireless device provider to have SMS messaging/premium content enabled (see below for more details).
What does it mean if I texted “yes” to 68453 and I received some sort of error message back?
If you receive what appears to be an error message similar to one of the following it most likely means that short code text messaging is not enabled on your wireless subscription plan:
• Service access denied
• Message failed
• Short code may have expired or short code texting may be blocked on your account
• Does not participate
These replies DO NOT indicate that the wireless provider can’t receive messages from School Messenger. Rather, they are an indication that the mobile device does not have short code SMS texting enabled for that number. This is sometimes disabled by default on company provided cell phones. To address this contact your wireless provider.
[Note: Providers sometimes use various names for this type of texting service (e.g. short code, SMS, premium, etc.). If you simply ask about text messaging, your carrier may assume you are referring to person-to-person. Therefore, be very clear to refer to “short code” text messages. Most TV programs with a voting component use short code SMS messaging (e.g. American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.). Using an example such as this can be a way to clarify the type of texting service you want to enable.]
Will I be charged for the text messages that I receive from School Messenger?
School Messenger does not charge recipients for the text messages that they receive or send to the short code; however, wireless providers may charge for individual text messages depending on the plan associated with the wireless device.
Bully Hotline Information
Report it at the Bully Hotline
In an effort to encourage students that may be experiencing bullying, harassment or intimidation and are too fearful or not quite ready to come forward face-to-face to report the matter, the Belle Fourche School District has implemented the CyberBully Hotline program.
Our desire and efforts are always first focused on encouraging students to report such issues directly to a teacher, counselor, coach or school administrator. However, in some cases, a student can be overcome with fear and worry about who to talk to, what to say, may fear retaliation or may fear losing respect of their peers by being labeled a "rat" or "snitch".
Students with such fears need a reporting path and the CyberBullying Hotline is designed to do just that. Here are a few high-level details and you can learn more at www.cyberbullyhotline.com.
How it works:
•Students can send a text message to the number listed above or call and leave a voice message.
•Their Caller ID is masked, making their report anonymous.
•The messages are forwarded to one or more school officials designated to monitor for reports.
•The monitors have the ability to reply to text messages and start a two-way anonymous chat.
•The goal is to engage the student to begin a dialog and start a resolution process.
Our goal is to ensure that each student feels comfortable coming forward, either face-to-face or anonymously. Encourage your student to use all the services that are offered by the Belle Fourche School District to help resolve any issues that they may face. We are here to help, but we cannot help if we do not know.
As a parent, you are also welcome to report issues. Anything that you think we should know to ensure that health and safety of our students should be reported.
If you have further questions or require further information, please contact our office, visit cyberbullyhotline.com to learn more.