What is ParentSquare?

  • ParentSquare is an easy-to-use communication tool that combines multiple communication streams into one convenient interface for families and staff. In 2024-2025, the Snohomish School District will transition from our current notification system, School Messenger, to a much more robust communication platform, ParentSquare. All families will receive an invitation by the district to engage with ParentSquare. From there, they'll be able to set their preferred communication mode, interact with teachers and staff, and have a one-stop shop for all district and school communication. 

    Once fully implemented, ParentSquare features include:

    • Mass notifications and urgent alerts with two-way communication
    • District, school, teacher, and classroom communication
    • Consolidated, news-feed-style contacts from multiple sources when and how they’re wanted
    • Mobile application for staff and parents/guardians (iOS and Android)
    • Attendance notifications
    • Direct messaging with two-way translation
    • Social media and website share 
    • Appointment sign-ups
    • Calendar and RSVP
    • Volunteering and classroom supply sign-ups
    • And much more!

    Please note that not all features noted above will be implemented for the 2024-2025 school year. As we continue to utilize the platform in the school years ahead, additional features noted above may be utilized. 

    ParentSquare, Skyward/Family Access and Canvas
    Skyward/Family Access and Canvas will continue as the primary tools for information about classroom instruction such as grades, assignments, and instructional resources. Beginning in 2024-2025, ParentSquare will now be the direct way we communicate non-instructional information from the classroom, school, and district.

    How does ParentSquare work?
    ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using the primary email address and phone number you gave your school office (also the email used by Skyward/Family Access). If you do not remember the email address, don't hesitate to contact your school office, and they can provide it. We encourage parents/guardians to access their accounts to download the mobile app and update their preferences for when and how they want to be notified.

    How is my communication managed?
    You can receive communication from the district, school, and classroom by email, text, mobile app, or the ParentSquare website. To reduce and streamline the amount of messaging you get each day, we have set the ParentSquare default to the digest option, which will collect all of your student's communication from the district, school, and classroom into one message a day. We have also turned on text as a feature for all parents/guardians. You can change your notification preferences, including your preferred language of communication, on your ParentSquare account page.

    District and school newsletters
    Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, all district families and staff from a particular school will automatically receive school and district newsletters through ParentSquare. Through the “Participate” button on the ParentSquare dashboard, you can click to join a school “Community Group” to receive the newsletters from any other school you are not a parent/guardian or staff member at. If you have no students enrolled in a Snohomish School District School or you do not work for the Snohomish School District, you can enroll in a "Community Group" by clicking here

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