Message App

Message App

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The SchoolMessenger app provides two useful services:

  • control over what types of messages parents receive from a school and District and
  • teacher-initiated messaging to parents/guardians.

 The app is the way for parents and staff to limit the type of messages they receive---ONLY texts, or emails, or phone calls—all or one. Emergency messages will always be delivered via phone call.

 To get started:

 From an app store, search for and download the blue “Schoolmessenger App”.

  1. Create an account. You must use the email address that the District has on record in Powerschool. To update or change your registered phone and/or email, please notify your school secretary in person so that your Powerschool account can be updated. The secretary will update your registration information so the District information matches your account information. Teachers use their work email addresses. Follow installation prompts.
  2. No phone? Log in to: and create an account.
  3. Select a user “Role” such as “Parent” or “Teacher” or “Student.” Employees who are both Parents and Teachers should make two accounts using a personal email and a work email. Teachers are only allowed to send messages to Parents, not the other way around, and this is referred to as “Teacher Initiated Messaging.” Students have special restrictions to prevent them from changing contact numbers.
  4. Under Settings, type in “Santa Fe Public School District” and select it from the menu. You will receive a verification email to finish setting up your account. Follow the instructions.
  5. In the upper left-hand corner of the app screen, there is a Preferences section under the dropdown menu (three bars). If you do not see this, please log into the website version of your account at and then restart your app. If the Preferences section is still missing email and note that you have “No Preferences” in your subject line. Preferences are visible under your name icon in the computer-based account. (
    1. “Preferences” is where you choose how to receive messages. Click on each box to make your selection.
    2. You may add phone numbers and emails. You must first add a new phone number before deleting the existing number, if you choose to do this.
    3. “Messages” is designed for Teachers to communicate with Parents and Students. Teachers can create a group by sending invited members a registration code. Using this feature is at teacher discretion.
  6. To receive text message, you must “opt in” by sending a text message containing the letter “Y” to 67587. If you have already opted in, you will see the offer to “opt out.”

REV 07/17/2018

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