PowerSchool Alert System
SwiftReach SwiftK12 notification system will make it easier for us to keep in contact with your family and allows you, the end user, to set the preferences of communication. To guarantee the messaging system is used efficiently, we will need to confirm your contact information is accurate and up-to-date at all times.
SwiftReach SwiftK12 allows our school to send messages using email, voice, and text messaging. Voice calls will be sent with the school number as the caller ID number. District voice calls will be sent with 785-235-4005 (Washington, KS) as the caller ID number. You may want to add these phone numbers to your address book to help you recognize incoming calls from the school easily. Text messages will be sent using a caller ID of 95664. You may want to add this number to your contacts as well so that you can easily identify these as USD379 school texts. Please note you will not be able to reply to text messages sent from the school or district. Each school will have its own caller ID. This allows customers to replay the recorded message by calling that number if needed. If you have any questions please contact the school building your student goes to directly.
SwiftReach SwiftK12 is integrated with the existing PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you log-on to the Parent Portal you will now see a new link called "SwiftReach SwiftK12 ".
To access the Parent Portal, the single sign-on feature has to be set up for your account. This information is handed out at enrollment. How to set up your PowerSchool account instructions are available here.
With your PowerSchool login, you will be able to see all the contact information our school has listed for you. Under Contact Information tab, you can add or change as needed. REMEMBER TO SAVE PREFERENCES when done.
Within this section of the Parent Portal, you will also be able to choose your alert preferences (use the Alert Preferences tab) based on message category, such as General Alert, Low Lunch Alert, Attendance Alert, and message type (email, voice and text message). You may uncheck any message category except for Emergency Messages.
By default, every message type and field will be selected for every category. You will receive messages to every contact field shown and every message category that has all three message types chosen. Tolls and charges associated with receipt of messages from the school are the parent/guardian responsibility and not the responsibility of the school. Please update your information when needed.
This is an automated service, when entering phone numbers please do not use work phone numbers that you do not directly answer. Primary contacts for phone and email, in addition to announcements and school closings, will be used for attendance and lunch balance notifications. Attendance calls are for student safety, please use a number and emails that will contact you during the day. Alternate contact phone numbers and student cell phone numbers can be added for emergency calls, general announcements and school closing notifications.
Each message offers an opt-out link. Be aware this opts you out of all notifications: emergency, attendance, and school cancellations. If you want the phone number to receive emergency notifications while not receiving additional phone calls we suggest leaving the number but marking the preferences as needed.
Emergency messages are always sent with all three message types (email, text, and voice calls) and to every contact field shown even if you have opted out. Your school cannot change this. Emergency messages will be labeled as such so you will know it is an actual emergency.
Primary Contact for phone or email, in addition to announcements and school closings, will be used for Attendance and Lunch Balance notifications. Attendance notifications are an important part of security for your student so that you and the school receive the necessary notification of your student’s presence at school. Please use a number and emails that will contact you during the day.
Student Email will only be used to notify grades 9 - 12 for school closings or delays, activity, and emergency messages. Only parents will have access to set whether messages from Power Announcement are sent to the Student Email. Student emails are set to the school provided email. This email address is under the USD379 Google Education domain.
School Cancellation notifications go out as soon as the decision is made. This can mean an early phone call for some but for many parents who work out of town and for students who ride the bus, an early notification is critical.
If you have any questions, please contact your student’s school. We hope this new school notification system is easier to manage, giving you the flexibility to change how you are contacted.
Single Sign On
Parents can use one login to access all of their children’s grades and attendance. You will need to create a new parent/guardian username and password to access PowerSchool, even if you only have one student. Your login will allow you to see all your K – 12th grade children in the district. After setting this up once you will be able to login with your account credential without going through this setup again.
If you have more then one student, you will see tabs to switch between your students’ information.
Notes: The old parent/guardian username and password will not work to log in. Student username and passwords will not change.
Here is a link, a different school address is used, however the process is the same, to an online tutorial that will guide you through the following process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgnLFBRB8lQ
If you lose your PowerSchool Parent Portal username or password, go to the Parent Portal login page and click “Having trouble signing in?” The Recover Account Sign-In Information Page will appear and you will be able to obtain your login information.
|mLearning Guides are available for the PowerSchool Student and Parent Portals|
mLearning guides are digital books with interactive modules available as a free download through the iBooks bookstore.
The mLearning Guide titled PowerSchool Student and Parent Portals is available free. There is a short video available via YouTube on using the Parent and Student Portals.