Blackboard Connect Notification System
Springfield Public Schools uses Blackboard Connect Notification Service to help keep parents informed. This system allows the district and individual schools to contact parents via automated phone calls, text messages and push notification using the MySPS app. Messages may include important announcements about school events or emergency situations.
- To receive automated phone calls and text messages, at the beginning of each school year complete the Blackboard Connect Student Information Sheet and return it to your child's school to enroll/update your desired contact numbers. Information for students at all high schools and middle schools excluding Westport and Pleasant View can be entered/changed by logging in to Home Access.
- To receive information through the MySPS app, you must download it.
Automated Phone Calls
There are two types of Blackboard Connect messages you will receive via telephone:
1. Informational Messages
These may be initiated either by your child’s school or by the district and will be sent only to the telephone numbers you listed as Primary Phone Number and Secondary Phone Number on the Blackboard Connect Student Information Form. Some examples of Informational Messages include:
a. Reminders about regularly scheduled early dismissals, days off and holiday breaks.
b. School cancellations warranted by inclement weather or other unanticipated events.
c. Announcements about activities or events at your child’s school.
d. Notifications about student absences.
2. Emergency Messages
In the rare event a widespread threat poses imminent danger to the physical safety of students and/or staff requiring massive evacuations and/or relocations, an emergency message will be sent. On these occasions, a message will be initiated by the district in consultation with individual school sites and will be sent to ALL telephone numbers you listed on the Blackboard Connect Student Information Form (Primary, Secondary and Emergency 1, 2, and 3 Phone Numbers).
If you have previously opted out of receiving phone calls and would like to opt back in, call 888-599-2720 from the phone you want opted back in.
Employees needing to update their phone number to receive automated phone calls/text must make the changes through Employee Self Service. Learn how here.
Numbers listed as the primary number on the Blackboard Connect Notification Student Information Sheet, submitted to the school site each year, will automatically be opted in to receive text messages if it is a text enabled number. Anyone wishing to opt out of receiving text messages simply text STOP SPSR12 to 23177 or 63079. If you previously opted out of receiving text messages and would now like to receive them, text START SPSR12 to 23177 and also to 53291. The 53291 opts you in for general messages and the 23177 for emergency messages.
Get easy access to SPS resources you need, when you need it. Download the Springfield Public Schools mobile app, MySPS.
When you download the app, you will be able to receive important messages (school cancellations, etc.) from the district. To also receive messages from your child's school, click on settings, select the school you want to receive messages from and select Receive Inbox Messages. Your child's school can now send you messages via the app that pertain specifically to your child's school. Remember, you must leave the District settings as they are to receive emergency notifications about school cancellations, etc. Simply add your child's school.
To receive home-screen notification on your phone when a message has been sent, change the notification alerts in your phone's settings.