Resources - Blackboard Connect
Improving School to Home Communication
Why Text Messages Are Not Likely to Be Used
Contact your child's school if you receive a message that is incomplete or cut-off.
Blackboard Connect Tips for Parents
- All Contact Numbers (Home, Cell, Work)
- Email Address
- Home Address
Blackboard Connect will detect answering services and leave a message after the beep. Outreach messages typically go to the home phone number. Emergency messages go to numbers supplied by you (up to six numbers).
Changes to Contact Information
The information must be on file at your child's school in order for principals and district administrators to send important messages to you via Blackboard Connect. Once information is changed, it usually takes up to 24 hours to update in the Blackboard Connect system.
Examples of Messages You May Receive:
- School Closings
- Bus Delays
- Open House
- Test Schedules
- PTA Meetings
- School Events
- Report Cards
- Notification of Student Absence (Primary Use of Connect-ED)
- Elementary Schools 8:45 am
- Middle Schools 9:45 am
- High Schools 9:10 am
- SIG Schools 8:25 am *(School Improvement Grant Schools start at 7:40 a.m.)
Attendance messages are sent during these times to inform you of your child's absence and for safety concerns. Parents should verify absences by contacting their child's school. Please note, parents will still get an attendance notification message even if you have notified the school that your child will be out for a particular day or week. This is verification of school attendance records and notification to parents.
- Will vary depending on your child's school
Principals are also expected to communicate with parents continuously through traditional methods (letters, flyers, newsletters, and the school website) about events, programs, or announcements. Principals are encouraged to send a wrap or summary message (no more than two per month) about upcoming events or issues at school to effectively communicate with parents and school employees. This will keep parents informed, but also limit the number of calls received for matters other than attendance or emergencies.