Teacher Messaging

In addition to receiving school/district messages and engaging in the SchoolMessenger app-based discussions just like any other SchoolMessenger App user, teachers have additional abilities that students and parents do not have.

Teacher Accounts vs Student/Parent Accounts

The below table lists what each account type is available to do, depending on their district settings. Users who are both a teacher and a parents will have the ability to do all of the below.

TeachersParents and Students
  • Receive SchoolMessenger messages sent from the school/district.

  • If enabled, create SchoolMessenger app groups and invite students, parents, and other teachers to participate in them.

  • Create and send messages to selected recipients (any combination of all/selected students/parents).

  • Delete any messages that have been posted in any of the groups that they have created.

  • Engage in discussions and conversations in any of the forums they they've created.

  • View all members within a group (if they're the main group teacher).
  • Receive SchoolMessenger messages sent from the school or district.

  • Engage in discussions and conversations in any of the groups they're a part of.

  • Delete any of their own messages that they've sent to a message thread.

  • Leave teacher-created groups.
  • Create a Message

    Creating a message is a very simple process. You select the recipients your message will be sent to, designate whether their comments will be readable to others in the group, solely by the teacher, or not at all (comment not permitted).

    • Click on the Messages menu option.
    • Click on the New Message button. The Select Recipients window appears.
    • Click the group that you would like to draw recipients from. You can select recipients by:
      • All Contacts – All the students in your class.
      • All Guardians – All the guardians associated to the students in your class.
      • All Teachers – All the teachers associated to the class.
      • All – Everyone in the class including contact, guardians, and teachers
      • Clicking the Refine button. You can select specific individuals from all the subgroups.
      • Typing an individual’s name in the “To” field. The SchoolMessenger App will locate and display all records that contain the sequence of letters you typed in either the first or last name. Click to select the appropriate individual.
      • You can remove individuals from the recipient list by clicking the “X” next to their name.
    • Click Next. The Compose Message window appears.

    Add Attachments

    Use attachments to send the following file types to parents, guardians, and students:

    • Images (PNG, JPG)
    • Documents (PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX)
    • Video (MP4)
    • Audio (MP3, WAV, M4A)

    Note that the maximum file size is 20MB and you can only send 1 attachment per message.

    To attach a file, click the Add Attachment icon.

    After clicking the attachment icon, the Upload box appears:

    Select Your Message Settings

    If you’re ready to send your message, select your Message Settings.

    • Everyone in the conversation: comments to your message will be seen by the entire group.
    • Me privately: only the teacher will see comments sent by individuals.
    • Comments not allowed: no one will be able to send a response.
    • Commenter’s names: check the box to allow everyone to see everyone’s names

    Replies Disabled

    If your replies have been disabled by a system administrator, you will only have one option when sending your message – “Comments not allowed”.

    Delete an Entire Message Thread or Member Comment

    • Teachers can delete whole message threads or single comments.
    • Parents and students can delete their own comments.

    Responding to a SchoolMessenger App Message

    Anyone receiving a SchoolMessenger app-based message created by a teacher may read the message, and, if enabled, read the comments of other group members and reply.

    The circumstances are defined by the teacher who created the original message or your district admin. Messages may be configured so that:

    • Comments can be entered and read by everyone.
    • Comments can be entered by group members but will be received privately and read only by the teacher.
    • No comments are allowed.

    The below is an example of how a message thread appears to a recipient:

    Add an Attachment to a Reply

    Use attachments to send the following file types in your reply:

    • Images (PNG, JPG)
    • Documents (PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX)
    • Video (MP4)
    • Audio (MP3, WAV, M4A)

    Note that the maximum file size is 20MB and you can only send 1 attachment per message.

    After clicking the paperclip icon, the Upload box appears.