Hawaii schools launch mass texting program for parents

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The majority of Hawaii state schools began transitioning to a new system that will allow schools to mass text important information to parents on Monday.

About 200 schools across the Aloha State use SchoolMessenger to communicate important information such as school closures and safety alerts.

Parents with children in the HIDOE system should have received the following text message:

Hawaii Department of Education alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt

Parents of students enrolled in the new service have the option of opting in or out by answering the text, or enrolling online and downloading the program's app.

Parents who replied to Monday's text will begin receiving alerts two weeks after the day they opted in. In the meantime, parents will be alerted via other means of communication, such as email.

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