We offer a variety of tools that families can use to access important student information, receive timely news and notifications from the district, and stay updated on what is happening in our schools.
ParentSquare is a school-to-home communications platform that is:
Providing the district with access to a single, unified system that is being used to complete tasks such as sending mass emails (e.g., weekly updates) and text messages, making automated phone calls and posting to social media.
Enabling the district to consolidate the number of systems we use for communications.
Offering stakeholders greater flexibility in terms of how and when they receive communications - i.e., people can request that communications be delivered in their preferred language, can sign up to receive a daily digest of communications versus individual emails (does not apply to emergency messages), etc.
Providing families with another tool they can use to engage in two-way communication with our schools and the district. Please note that district-issued email accounts and systems such as Canvas and Remind are still the primary methods that individual faculty and staff members will use to communicate information on a day-to-day basis. In addition, while ParentSquare offers features for making payments, taking attendance, etc., these functions will continue to be handled through systems such as Infinite Campus.
Any community member who wants to sign up to receive District 86 communications should complete the following steps:
Fill out the Google Form found at https://forms.gle/vdf7NzYkdB75ive9A. We also encourage you to please share this form with anyone you think might be interested in receiving news or updates from the district.
Wait for an email inviting you to join ParentSquare and activate your account. Below is an example of what the email will look like.
If you do not receive an invite, you can activate your account by visiting https://www.parentsquare.com/signin, entering your email and clicking on “Get Started.” By completing this step, you will be able to access features such as the ability to set your preferred language, select how and when you receive communications, etc.