IMPORTANT UPDATE! - APRIL 2018
You may have noticed that you have not received any text messages from Westwind School Division lately. We have recently migrated our School Messenger services from US to Canadian servers and as a result we are no longer able to send you updates via text message until you give us permission by opting in.
As a result, we are running our Text Message Opt-In campaign again. Parents and students will receive a text message from the short code 978338 that says "Westwind School Division alerts. Reply Y or HELP. Std msg/data rates apply. Freq caries. schoolmessenger.ca/tm." To receive text messages from your school, you will need to text "Y" or "Yes" back to that number.
You can also download create a School Messenger account at go.schoolmessenger.ca. Please remember to use the same email address you have on file with your child's school so the information will sync properly. See our detailed SCHOOL MESSENGER APP instructions or download our School Messenger Parent Guide for more information. Please note that you will need to set your Contact Preferences in the Preferences section of the app. This will determine how you will receive messages from your child's school and Westwind School Division.
School Messenger allows schools, and teachers, to send messages to parents and/or students using the contact information they provided to the school when they registered. In the near future this will includes automated attendance notifications when students aren't at school and their absence hasn't already been reported by a parent or guardian. It can also include general messages from your child's teacher, school or division such as newsletters and information on upcoming events. The messages can be sent as voice messages to your phone(s), as email messages or as text messages.
You can also see all of the messages sent to you in the School Messenger App, which can be downloaded on Apple or Android phones (sorry, no Blackberry version). If you select notifications in the settings part of the app, you will be notified whenever you have a new message. In addition to showing you all of your messages for all of your children, the app can be used for schools or teachers to communicate with parents/guardians and/or students through groups in the app.
The app will also allow you to set your contact preferences for different kinds of messages. Please note, Westwind School Division requires you to have at least one contact method (email, phone, text) activated to receive emergency messages.
You will still receive all of the voice, email or text messages the division, school and your child's teacher send out if your contact information is up-to-date.
You can also see all of the messages you have been sent and participate in groups on your desktop computer.
What Parents Need to Do
To make sure you receive messages sent out through School Messenger, please do the following:
- Ensure your contact information is up-to-date at your child's school. You will need to have an email address on file to receive email messages and a cell phone number on file for text messages.
- Opt-in to text messages. You will not receive text messages unless you opt in, even if your cell phone number is on file with your child's school. Once you have given the school a cell phone number, you will receive a text from a short code 978338 asking if you want to receive text messages from your child's school. To opt-in, text "Y" back to that short code. If you do not respond to the message, you will not receive text messages through School Messenger. It will look like this:
Want more information about the SMS Text Opt-In Campaign? Check out our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE
- Create an account on at go.schoolmessenger.com and download the app or access your messages on your computer. Make sure you use the same email address as the one that you provided to your child's school. You may need to check that email address for a verification email before your account is activated and you can use the app.