SchoolMessenger - Notification System
MDIRSS utilizes SchoolMessenger to provide school related emergency notification services, parental outreach, and student attendance communications. The system is programmed to call the primary phone number of parents for a variety of reasons that impact the safety and academic performance of your students. SchoolMessenger will be used to complement our emergency preparedness procedures and to inform parents of vital school information and events.
In order for School Messenger to be effective, it is important that your contact information is current and accurate at all times. You can update your contact information through PowerSchool or you can contact the main office to have updates made. You can also make choices about how non-emergency messages/notifications are received (phone/email/text).
This system will not replace current modes of school communication. Principals and faculty are still accessible for in-person visits and we will still provide a variety of print and online communications to parents. Use of the SchoolMessenger system is intended to reinforce our commitment to enhance communications and extend connections with parents.
Parents and Guardians - Text Messaging Opt In/Out
You can take advantage of our Text Messaging Notification Service ... MDIRSS can use the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. You can participate in this free service* by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.
If you want to receive texts on multiple devices, each device number must complete the Opt-In process.
* Message & data rates may apply - wireless providers may charge for individual text messages, depending on the plan associated with the wireless device.
At times when school is cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather or a power outage we will attempt to contact the television stations and radio stations listed below. We will also post on the websites below.
If you have any doubt about cancellations or delays please check more than one source.
Television: Channel 2 (WLBZ) and Channel 5 (WABI)
Radio: WNSX (97.7), WRMO (93.7), WQCB (106.5), WBZN (107.3),
WEZQ (92.9), WWMJ (95.7), WDEA-AM1370
http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/ Ellsworth American
Other: School Messenger – For anticipated cancellations/delays (forecasted events) parents will receive an email. For parents who have chosen to opt-in, a text message will be sent. Please contact your school principal to sign up. For unanticipated closures (early release, power outage, emergencies) parents will receive a phone call home, email, and text.
Delay of School: School bus runs may be delayed if it seems that additional time will allow road crews to clear and sand roads for safe transportation of children.