Bennington School District 59 uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send important information to families through phone calls, emails and text messages. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to complete the simple opt-in process for text messaging below. We will only use the text messaging service to provide information that is timely and relevant for you and your student.
The opt-in process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have already opted in, simply repeat the opt-in process above. There is no harm in sending the opt-in message more than once.
When parents provide a new wireless number to the school (common at the beginning of the school year Through the Registration process in SIMS), you may receive a text message requesting that you opt in to receive important information via text message. The message you receive will be similar to the following: "Bennington Public District 59 alerts. Reply Y for aprx 5 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Visit schoolmessenger.com/tm." Again, we encourage you to reply with any of the following words to opt in: "y", "yes", "subscribe" or "optin".
Please note, although Bennington does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges. Emergency messages are always sent with all three message types (email, text, and voice calls) and to every contact number we have available for you even if you have opted out. We cannot change this. Emergency messages will be labeled as such so you will know it is an actual emergency.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact your students school office.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I opt in?
1. Confirm the text device number(s) are in SchoolMessenger… It may take 24 hours for numbers to be changed or added from the district database.
2. Text the word “yes” to 68453 from the wireless number(s) you wish to receive texts on.
I don’t want to pay for/receive text messages… how does that work?
If you should not wish to receive text messages, simply do one of these things:
1. Don’t reply to the opt in message on day 30
2. Text “stop” to 68453, today or at any time in the future
3. Opt out on-line at http://schoolmessenger.com/tm
I have a text message that says it is from you? What does it mean?
Yes that message was sent by us, if it is from 68453 and says: Bennington Public School District 59 text messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm
Should you like to receive texts, reply with “yes”; if you do not, simply ignore it or reply with “no.” If you don’t reply with an affirmative, you will not receive any future texts from SchoolMessenger.
I opted in to text messaging – sent yes to 68453 – I’m not receiving texts?
Ensure that the device number is correct in SIMS. It may take 24 hours for this number to be active after being changed or added.
Ask that they have sent “yes” from that specific device to 68453; if a recipient wants texts sent to three devices, each device number must have an opt-in receipt. Confirm that the recipient has been sent SchoolMessenger broadcast that includes a text message.
Someone sent yes to 68453 but changed their mind – How do I turn off text messages?
Recipients may opt out with any one of these methods.
1. Text “stop” to 68453 from the device
2. Add the device number to the SchoolMessenger Blocked Lists
3. Opt out at www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg
How do I turn on text messages? – New recipients or those that haven’t yet opted in
Send “yes” to 68453 – It may take 24 hours for numbers for a number to be changed or added from the district database.