Parents seeking text and/or email messages about important school information can opt-in to the district’s alert system.
The district no longer uses Ed Alert!. This system notified parents, students and teachers of school cancellations, late starts, and other important information. Parents can now opt-in through the district’s student management system, PowerSchool, for the same information.
All district parents have received their log-in information for PowerSchool. To opt-in, parents need to log-in to the parent portal and select Power Announcement on the left navigation. Parents can identify which type of message they wish; email and/or text. Up to four phone numbers and four email addresses can be listed to receive messages. Parents can also elect to receive athletic and fine art messages.
For parents who do not wish to use Power Announcement, there are other forms of communication that provide the same information. The district has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and also posts important information on the website at ottumwaschools.com. Traditional sources such as newspaper, TV and radio are also used.
Parents wishing to opt-in can find a Power Announcement instruction sheet here: