Emergency Messaging Test

Test of our Emergency Messaging System
Posted on 03/02/2020

USD 345 to Test Emergency Messaging System, March 6

On March 6 at 7 p.m., the Seaman School District (USD 345) will conduct a test of its emergency communication system. In advance of the test, the district is asking all parents/guardians to review their contact preferences within PowerSchool and make updates as needed. This exercise is a proactive approach to ensuring families receive timely information in the event of a real school or district emergency.

Parents/guardians are responsible for updating and maintaining their emergency contact information in PowerSchool. Only phone numbers and email addresses that are signed up to receive SchoolMessenger notifications will receive the test message, as well as district communications.

ACTION NEEDED: If you do not have a parent PowerSchool account, access to a computer, or are having trouble accessing your parent PowerSchool account, contact your school office during school hours to update your information.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The March 6 test will include voice, email, and text messages from the district's SchoolMessenger system, and will be labeled as “USD 345 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION TEST.” Should a real emergency arise, the test will be delayed.

Just as students drill for emergency procedures, this emergency communication test is intended:
  • to test the SchoolMessenger system with a live message to all emergency contacts.
  • to let parents/guardians know in advance how the district would communicate with them in an emergency (school closing, active emergency alerts, etc.).
  • to create and correct parent/guardian emergency contact information and communication preferences.

The safety of students and staff, along with timely and accurate communication, will always be top priorities for the Seaman School District. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to ensure our communication systems function well and your contact information is accurate.

Please contact your school office with any additional questions or for further assistance.