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OTTUMWA—Parents seeking voice, text, and/or email messages about important school information can now opt in to the district’s new alert system. 

With changes in web hosting services, 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.

Elementary parents recently received their log-in information for PowerSchool. Secondary parents already have access since it is the same system used for attendance and grades. By selecting Power Announcement on the left navigation after logging in, parents can identify which type of message they wish;  voice, email, and/or text. They can list up to four phone numbers and four email addresses 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.