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Opting In to Receive Text Messages

It’s that time of year when inclement weather can close schools. Hawthorn District 73 notifies families of closings, safety alerts and other events through phone, email and (to some degree) text messages using the SchoolMessenger system.

So that all parents who wish to receive text messages can do so, this Friday Hawthorn will send an opt-in text message to parents’ cell phone numbers that have not already opted in or out of this service. To accept the invitation and opt in to receive text messages, you will be instructed to reply “Y” to confirm. If you choose not to opt in you may disregard the invitation, and you will not receive future text messages from the District.

There is no charge for this initial text message, however message/data rates may apply for subsequent messages sent by the District.

If you do not receive an invitation but wish to receive text messages, first contact your student’s school to verify that they have the correct cell phone number on file. You can then manually opt in by texting “Y” to 67587. If you wish to opt out at a later date, you may do so by texting “STOP” to 67587.

Inclement Weather Update

Hawthorn takes school closings very seriously. Should schools close due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, the district uses an automated emergency notification system to send a recorded voice message to each student’s home telephone number, as provided during registration. Parents have the option of managing their emergency notifications by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to change telephone numbers, request text messaging, and request email messaging. For more information on how Hawthorn determines school closings, please click here.

Snow Day Information Update

We have updated information on snow day procedures here, please review the information at your earliest convenience.

When the weather is threatening..

…please be proactive in your efforts to stay informed of any cancellations. If school needs to be cancelled because of snow or other circumstances, Hawthorn will work to make that determination before 6 a.m. each day and communicate it through our automated message system, this website, and other methods. If school is cancelled, all events using our buildings will also be cancelled. Missed days will be made up at the end of the year by adding days to the school calendar. For more information, please view About Snow Days.

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