Text Messaging Service

Please follow the directions below to opt into this new system. 


If you know the cell phone you wish to be contacted on, is already listed with the school district, feel free to opt into the service by skipping Step 1, and going directly to Step 2. 

Step 1 - Confirm Your Wireless Cell Phone Numbers in our Student Database

 Elementary Parents should have updated or added their cell phone numbers manually by adding or correcting their student’s Information Card at their Elementary Open House in Augustif you do not know if you have a cell phone listed on your student’s Information Card, you may check in one of the following ways:


  1. Elementary Parents - Contact your elementary school site 
  2. Secondary Parents -  Infinite Campus Portal or your school site
  3. Or Contact Deanna Werner by email dwerner@hastings.k12.mn.us with the following information:


  • ·         Name of the Student, School and Grade Level
  • ·         Cell number you wish to have on file.


Once you have confirmed that you have a cell phone number on file with the school district, continue to step 2 below.

Step 2 – “Opting In” to Use New Service

Once you have determined that your cell phone is on file with the district simply text the word join to the number 56360


If you just added your cell phone number to our database you will need to wait a day until you opt into the service – it will take a day for our system to upload the new information to our system. 

 You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message from SchoolMessenger Alerts saying:  “Thanks for joining school alerts”

 You’ll want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you have listed in our database on which you wish to receive the text messages.

Please note, although the district does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges that you may incur to your cell phone.

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deanna Werner in the District Office via email at dwerner@hastings.k12.mn.us or by phone at 651-480-7002.