Especially as we enter the winter months, please remember that Lakota uses a mass notification system to deliver urgent school and district announcements - such as weather-related closures and delays - via email, phone and text message, based on your preferences. We will also always post such timely updates on Lakota’s website and district social media channels.
Parents & Guardians: Parents and guardians are automatically set up in Lakota's notification system to receive the communications most relevant to them, based on the school(s), grade level(s) and other attributes associated with their child(ren). Your FinalForms account accessed via OneLogin is the primary data source for all contact information used to send school-to-home communications, so any updates to email addresses and phone numbers should be made there. Log into your School Messenger account to update preferences for the phone numbers and email addresses submitted via FinalForms.
Teachers & Staff: Lakota staff are automatically set up in Lakota's notification system to receive district and school email communications most relevant to them, based on their associated school(s). While we work toward a more automated solution for tracking staff phone numbers and preferences, please submit any changes or additions to the phone numbers currently listed in your School Messenger staff account using this staff phone change request form.
Text Message Opt-In: Lakota uses something called “short code” texting to ocassionally send text messages to parent and staff mobile devices. This method is highly reliable and fast because it is strictly regulated by the wireless carriers themselves. With that access comes some strict federal requirements for Lakota to gain opt-in verification from those on the receiving end of those text messages.
When a new mobile phone number is provided at the time of registration or added/updated through FinalForms, within 24 hours, it will generate an automated opt-in message to this new number from Lakota's short code (675-87). Per federal guidelines, we are required to receive your consent before sending text messages. Simply reply to the message with the letter "Y" to provide consent. Please note: If you missed the original text message to the device associated with the number you provided to Lakota, you can still provide your consent at any time by texting the letter "Y" to Lakota's short code (675-87).
Visit Lakota’s Communication Sign-Up webpage for complete details, by audience, to ensure you are receiving the school and district updates you need to receive.