Family Communications Changes Fall 2016
Posted on 09/14/2016
Family Communications Changes Fall 2016
Fall 2016, Seattle Public Schools is launching SchoolMessenger InfoCenter to enable
families to customize how they receive communications from their school(s)
and the district.
Every family is automatically enrolled to receive all messages from their
school(s) and the district. This allows schools and district to use phone calls and
email messages for non-emergency related issues in addition to emergency notices.
Families are able to opt-out of non-emergency calls by updating their InfoCenter account
preferences. Important: Families will need to keep at least one number active for emergency
announcement phone calls.
How to Update Communication Preferences with InfoCenter
Voice activated opt-out feature available at the end of each school or district call
InfoCenter app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market
Note: to manage preferences with the app or website, you need to have an email address on file.
How to Update Your Phone Number or Email
Your email shown on the Student Verification Form is used to manage your InfoCenter account.
Please use the Student Verification Form to update or add a phone number and
email address. This form is sent home from your school in Sept. New contact information will
be used once staff have entered the information. This process could take several weeks.
Features of InfoCenter Website or App
Manage notifications. For example, you can receive
general announcements by email and emergency
announcements by phone and email.
Review the last 30 days of messages for your
See student(s) connected with your email address.
Note: if you have more than one child enrolled with SPS but have different emails associated with
any of them, you will need to manage more than one InfoCenter account. If you prefer to have all
students on one InfoCenter account, you can use the Student Verification Form to make changes.
Additional information about SchoolMessenger InfoCenter is available at:
www.seattleschools.org/student_portal. Contact your student’s school with specific questions
or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Started with InfoCenter
On a Live Phone Call (not voicemail message)
During a phone call, you can press 5 on your phone to start the opt-out process for
non-emergency communications. You can view the message types on the other side of
After pressing 5, you will hear three choices:
To unsubscribe from messages like these, please press 1
To unsubscribe from all Non-Emergency messages, press 2
To opt-out of all phone notifications, please press 3
Important: This process is done on a phone-by-phone basis. You will need to opt out on each
phone during a live call, or use the website or app to manage preferences.
On the SmartPhone App or InfoCenter Website
Step 1: Go to website or app
• Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market or visit the
InfoCenter website at infocenter.schoolmessenger.com.
Step 2: Sign up
Click the “create an account” button. Enter your email address on file with the district
and create a password.
An email will be sent with a secure link to activate your account. Click the link to complete
Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user” message that means your email is
already associated with an InfoCenter account. Follow the “Return to login” link and use the
“Forgot your password” link to access your account if necessary.
Step 3: Manage your communications preferences
Return to InfoCenter and sign in with your email and password.
Your first task will be to confirm the phone numbers that are ok for non-emergency or
only emergency phone calls.
Note: If you indicate the phone number(s) is only ok for emergencies, you will not receive
automated phone messages except calls that are critical to the safety and security of students.
For non-emergency calls, select your preferences for the message and click save.
Repeat for this process for all the phone numbers and email addresses on your account.
You can update your preferences at any time by logging in to InfoCenter.
Important: Changing your phone number or email is completed through the Student
Verification Form provided by your student’s school in September not InfoCenter. If
you need a new Student Verification Form, please request from the