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.

SchoolMessenger System: Email, Phone and Text Messages

Used for school closures and emergency notifications
The District conveys information to families via email, phone and text. Please make sure your school office has your current email address and phone number to ensure you receive these communications.

Emails and phone calls are predominantly used but some communications may be sent via text messages. Parents whose cell phone is registered as a primary contact in their student’s records can opt in for text messages by texting Y to 68453. They can also opt out by texting N to the same number. Users who receive the error message “Short code blocked” need to contact their cell phone carrier to unblock short codes. Texting and data fees may apply. DDSD does not pay for messages received from SchoolMessenger. Please check with your wireless carrier if you are unsure about possible fees. If you have questions about SchoolMessenger, please contact your school office.

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.

Key Communicators

About once a month, the District’s communication office sends subscribers an email containing brief updates and news from around the District. Individuals can sign up to receive this Key Communicator email here: Enroll to receive emails.