How to Receive Communications and Emergency Notifications

The David Douglas School District communicates news, information and emergency notifications through a variety of platforms. Use these options, not only to keep tabs on the latest news but also to ensure your family receives school closure and emergency notifications.

Please be sure your school office has your current email address and phone number to ensure you receive these communications. Update this information it changes during the school year.

ParentSquare: Email, Phone and Text Communications

Used for school closures and emergency notifications

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, District and school level communications are sent with the platform ParentSquare, through email, text and phone messages. To ensure you receive these communications, it’s extremely important to make sure your school has your current email address and phone number.

ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe method for principals, teachers, staff, and parents/guardians to communicate and share information.

We encourage everyone to activate their ParentSquare account to take full advantage of this tool. Even without an account, all families will receive messages to their email address and phone number. But an activated account makes communication even easier and gives parents the ability to customize how they receive messages. We also encourage users to download the free ParentSquare app, available in the Apple Store and Google Play.

One you’ve activated your account, visit this Parent Resource page to get started using ParentSquare.

District and School Websites

Used for school closures and emergency notifications

Answers to many common questions can be found on the school and District websites. Explore the Parent and Student menus for many general information questions. In the event of a weather closure, power outage or other emergency, the District’s website will have a red banner message across the top alerting to the emergency. Clicking that headline will take you to an article with additional information.

David Douglas App

Explore the David Douglas website from the comfort of our mobile app! After downloading and launching the app for the first time, click “Start Setup” so that you can choose the schools you wish to receive information for. When your child moves to a new DDSD school be sure to update your settings to receive information for the correct school.

Facebook and Twitter

Used for school closures and emergency notifications

Following us on social media is both an excellent way to keep in touch with what’s happening around our district and to receive emergency updates. Most commonly, our Facebook and Twitter feeds are used to share District news and activities. During times of emergency news, urgent communications, such as school closures, are shared on our social media accounts.

FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger

Used for school closures and emergency notifications

FlashAlert is the system David Douglas and other districts use to convey weather closures and other emergency messages to the media. The list of school district names scrolling at the bottom of the TV screen during a snowstorm comes from FlashAlert. Individuals can also subscribe free to FlashAlert Messenger, to receive these closure announcements. Visit FlashAlert’s website to learn more and subscribe. View the David Douglas page on the FlashAlert site.

Email Via ParentVue

The District and your student’s school have the ability to use ParentVue to send emails to parents. You must have a ParentVue account, and the school must have your email on record. Make sure your school’s office has your current email address. If you do not have a ParentVue account, please contact your student’s school and get one. Visit this page for answers to frequently asked ParentVue questions.

Email via ParentVue is not ideal in a real emergency, as the system sends the emails in batches every hour or so. Therefore ParentVue emails are used for more routine communication. In a real emergency, depend on one of the other options listed above.