School Messenger

Schoolmessenger School Message System

Dear Parents,

In our efforts to improve communications between parents and school, the Pikeland School District uses a telephone broadcast system that enables school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes if an emergency or unplanned event causes an early dismissal or a school cancellation. The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general school announcements or reminders. Pikeland Schools will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on the local radio and television stations and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcements.

When used, the service will simultaneously call all listed phone numbers in our parent contact list and will deliver a recorded message from Mrs. Hawley, Pikeland Superintendent, or another school administrator. No answers and busy signals will be automatically retried twice in 15 minute intervals after the initial call.

This service requires no registration by the parent, and all information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and will only be used for the above purposes.

Here is some specific information you should know:

Caller ID: The Call ID will display 217-285-2147, which is the main number for Pikeland Schools.

Live Answers: There is a short pause at the beginning of the message, usually just a few seconds. Answer your phone as you normally would, “Hello”, and hold for the message to begin. Multiple “Hellos” will delay the message.

Answering Machine: The system will detect that your machine has answered and will play the recording to your machine. The maximum number of rings before hang up is 5. Make sure your machine answers after 4 rings or you will miss the message.

Message Repeat: At the end of the message you will be prompted to “press one” to hear the message again. This is very effective when a child answers the phone and hands it to a parent, who can then hear the message repeated in its entirety by pressing “1”.

If you find you are not receiving our automated messages or need to change the phone number the system calls, please contact the Pikeland Board of Education Office at 217-285-2147 with your updated information.