BB Messenger Notifications

  • BB Messenger is an automated mass communication system that Spokane Public Schools uses to quickly share information with all parents, guardians and staff via phone, email, text and/or app notification. The system is used to notify parents and guardians about events and activities at their student's school, emergencies and snow closure days, and other important information.

Message from SPS: Jan. 20, 2022

Good afternoon SPS Families, 

Thank you for your continued understanding as we confront the challenges brought by the surge in COVID-19 cases. As we mentioned in our communication last week, we are using every means available to maintain in-person learning, as per guidance from health officials.

Based on an evaluation of the current conditions and ongoing staffing shortages, we will be moving forward with adjusting the school calendar to utilize Jan. 24 as a “no school day.” This is part of our effort to avoid any abrupt, unplanned school closures, and ensures students are provided with our planned 180 days of in-person instruction. 

The schedule over the next two weeks will be as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 24 – No school* (replaces March 4 Professional Learning Improvement Day)
  • Friday, Jan. 28 – Early release
  • Monday, Jan. 31 – No school (semester break day)

*Please note: On Monday, Jan. 24, there will be no morning or afternoon childcare, including Express and preschool programs. Athletics and extracurricular activities scheduled for that day are being adjusted to the greatest extent possible. Please contact your athletic director or building administrator with specific questions.
 

New contact tracing form for students 

An interactive contact tracing tool will be posted at spokaneschools.org tomorrow, Jan. 21, to increase the efficiency of providing guidance to staff and schools regarding quarantine timelines. The contact tracing form will allow families to enter information related to student exposure, test results, and symptoms. Families and school staff will be given a return to school date upon completion of the form.

Parents and guardians of students who are exhibiting symptoms, have tested positive, or have been exposed inside or outside the household need to fill out this form. 

NOTE: Families that have already contacted their school nurse and have not yet received a call back from a contact tracer should fill out the form to determine their student’s return date.

After filling out the form, please continue to contact your student’s school attendance line to report symptoms.

Please also continue to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Here are three community resources that may be helpful as we navigate this pandemic together: 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via Let’s Talk or visit the SPS website for more information.

 

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Message from SPS: Jan. 13, 2022

Thank you for your continued patience as we confront the challenges brought on by the surge in COVID-19 cases. We are using every means available to maintain in-person learning and avoid abrupt, unplanned school closures. We are particularly grateful for the many substitutes and staff who have stepped in to cover classrooms. This includes over 50 central office administrators and numerous members of our support team.

Despite our efforts, we are still facing a large number of shortages every day, creating a significant strain on individual classrooms, schools, and district operations. Public health officials have predicted the omicron surge will peak next week, meaning staffing conditions will likely not improve and may worsen over the next several weeks.

Considering this, we are adjusting our school calendar to provide additional time for staff to complete quarantines required by the Department of Health. Recognizing that current staffing levels have reached a critical point, we believe this approach will help us return staff to work and manage contact tracing, while offering as much advanced notice as possible and continuity for students.

Our intent is to continue providing in-person learning, as recommended by public health officials. Shifting the school calendar instead of canceling school keeps as many students in school as possible with minimal disruption to education and other SPS services.
 

Calendar adjustments 

The next three weeks will include the following calendar days and adjustments:

  • Monday, Jan. 17 – No school (MLK Day)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 – No school (replaces March 14 snow make-up day)
  • Monday, Jan. 24 – No school for students, pending conditions (see *note below)
  • Monday, Jan. 31 – No school (semester break day)

*NOTE: We highly anticipate the need to utilize Jan. 24 as a non-student day (replacing March 4) and will provide final confirmation no later than Thursday, Jan. 20, to allow staff and families as much advance notice as possible.
 

Additional considerations for Jan. 18

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, there will be no morning or afternoon childcare, including Express and preschool programs.

Athletics and extracurricular activities are being adjusted to the greatest extent possible. Please contact your athletic director or building administrator with specific questions.

Our goal is to keep as many students in school as possible with minimal disruption to education and other SPS services. Please continue to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Families should contact their student’s school attendance line to report symptoms. Here are two community resources that may be helpful:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via Let’s Talk or visit the SPS website for more information.

 

Spokane Public Schools

Message from SPS: Dec. 16, 2021

SPS Community,

We’re aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17.

The post is part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from many other districts across the state that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. We will continue working diligently to preserve the safety of our learning community.

This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.

If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.

As always, we appreciate your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I didn't hear the automated message?

If you are still on the phone, you can play the message again by pressing the star (*) key.

You can also access old messages via the SPS app. Log into the app and go to the “Notifications” icon to find an archive of messages that have been sent to you.

How can I change the phone number or email address where I receive your automated messages?

Please call your school's office and have them update your records. If you have students at multiple schools, you will need to update your information with each school.

How can I opt out of these messages? Is it possible to receive only emergency messages?

  • You can opt out of informational messages by calling 855.502.7867.
  • Any phone number/email changes need to be made through your school office.

I accidentally opted out of calls or texts. How can I opt back in?

  • You can opt back in to voice calls by calling 855.502.7867.
  • You can opt back in to text messages by texting START to 60680.
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