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SMS Messaging

The Department of Education currently provides and supports MessageyouSchools software. The software delivers SMS messages notifying parents of their child’s absence and seeking explanation. Messages are automatically generated and sent based on the ‘U’ code entered in School Information System (SIS).

Schools can also elect to use the software manually for other purposes such as emergency broadcasting, notification of school closure and of forthcoming school events.

A number of template messages are made available for schools to use. There is provision for schools to tailor messages to their specific requirements.

All licensing and software costs, including training in the use of the software, are covered by the Department. The current charge to schools is 12c per text message.

messageYou™ WatchLists™ automates analysis of Parent SMS replies and incorporates an escalation process. It’s designed to analyse attendance data within SIS and provide either manually run reports or automated alerts to school leaders. These are either emailed, sent to a printer or delivered by SMS to a nominated person who has responsibility for follow-up action.



Watch the messageYou video (2 mins) to see how this software connects to SIS

Watch the Watchlists video (2:45 mins) to see how this add-on to messageYou works

Setting up SMS in your school

SMS messaging is available to all schools on an opt-in basis.

Schools should consider the accuracy of parent contact details in their student database (SIS) and whole-school procedures for entering attendance data (if opting to use the automatic function for targeting unexplained absences) as these are essential for effective use of the software.

To set up SMS in your school contact the ICT Customer Service Centre




Existing school users

If you currently have MessageyouSchools software installed and would like to learn more visit the Student Information Management Systems (STIMS) website.
The website provides technical support, resources such as SMS codes and MessageyouTMSchools training guide, information and helpful tips to assist schools in the use of the SMS Messaging software.

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