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Alerts - Alert Solutions

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Alert Solutions

Minot Public Schools uses Alert Solutions to communicate alerts by phone, SMS, and email. Check your settings to see how you are receiving the alerts by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and choose Alert Solutions on the left navigation. You can add and remove how you are notified in the different categories. If you need to update your email address or phone number, please contact your child's school.

Parent Letter


Minot Public School uses a notification system called Alert Solutions.  This notification system is loaded with features that will make it easier for us to keep in contact with your family.  To guarantee the messaging system is used efficiently, we will need to confirm your contact information is accurate and up-to-date at all times.

Alert Solutions allows our school to send messages using email, voice, and text messaging.  Voice calls will be sent with 701-857-4425 as the caller ID number.  You may want to add this phone number to your address book to help you recognize incoming calls from the school easily. Text messages will be sent using a caller ID of 95664. You may want to add this phone number to your address book as well.  Please note you will not be able to reply to text messages sent from the school. 

Alert Solutions is integrated with the existing PowerSchool ParentPortal.  If you log-on to the Parent Portal you will now see a link called “Alert Solutions 2” in the left navigation.  You will be able to see all the contact information our school has listed for you.  Within this section of the Parent Portal, you will also be able to choose your communication preferences based on message category, such as School Closures or Attendance, and message type (email, voice and/or text message). You may opt-out of any message category except for Emergency Messages.

Setting up your parent preferences is your responsibility.  To receive text messages, you must go to Preferences by Message Type and Click and hold to drag the contact information above to the appropriate boxes below.  By default, phone calls and email are chosen.  You will receive messages to every contact field shown and every message category that has all three message types chosen. Tolls and charges associated with receipt of messages from the school are your responsibility and not the responsibility of the school.  Please be sure to set your unique preferences if there are any numbers or addresses you do not like to be contacted at.

Emergency messages are always sent with all three message types (email, text, and voice calls) and to every contact field shown even if you have opted out.  We cannot change this.  Emergency messages will be labeled as such so you will know it is an actual emergency.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

Immunizations

2 months ago

Minot Public School Parent Letter, September 2017:


The week of September 18, Minot Public School will send letters to parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade who are not yet up to date for required school immunizations.

ND Century Code 23-07-17, mandates all students through grade 12 meet a minimum number of required immunizations in order to attend school, and each school is legally responsible for excluding non-compliant students within 30 calendar days from the start of school. Compliance with North Dakota State law is not optional.

North Dakota law requires students who are attending school to be up to date on immunizations. This law was put in place to keep our kids safe from diseases that can spread quickly in settings such as schools. If students are not protected by vaccines, they are left vulnerable to diseases such as measles, chickenpox, mumps, or pertussis. Additionally, some students are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, so it is important for other students around them to be vaccinated to prevent these diseases from entering the school and spreading quickly through that environment. When outbreaks occur, not only is health at stake, but students who become ill or who are exempt from vaccines will have to spend time out of school.

If you would like further information or to schedule an appointment, please call your health care provider or First District Health Unit at 701-837-5183 or 701-837-5168.


North Dakota Department of Heath Press Release, August 2017:

Make Sure Immunizations Are on Your Back-to-School To Do List

BISMARCK, N.D. – The new school year will be here before you know it, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on immunizations.

North Dakota state law requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they are allowed to attend school. Children have a 30- day grace period from the start of the school year before they will be excluded from school for not meeting immunization requirements. The NDDoH is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated now, rather than waiting until the start of school.

“Ensuring children are up to date on vaccinations is the best way to keep students healthy and stop the spread of infectious diseases such as measles, mumps and pertussis in our schools,” according to Lexie Barber, an epidemiologist with the NDDoH. If you haven’t done so, check with your healthcare provider to find out which vaccines your child needs. Once your child is up to date, be sure to get a copy of his or her immunization record to submit to the school.

This week, the NDDoH sent letters to parents of children entering kindergarten and 7th grade who are not yet up to date for required school entry immunizations. “Children who are not immunized are not only at risk of becoming ill from a variety of diseases but are also able to transmit diseases to others, including those who may not be able to be vaccinated due to various medical conditions,” said Barber.

Before entering school in North Dakota, children must have:

  • five doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis)
  • four doses of IPV (polio)
  • three doses of HBV (hepatitis B)
  • two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine 

In addition, students entering 7th grade will need:

  • one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis)
  • one dose of MCV4 (meningococcal disease) 

Cost should not be a barrier to getting children up to date on vaccinations. Children who are American Indian, on Medicaid, uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines can receive vaccine at no cost through the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). Contact your health care provider or local public health unit if you believe your child could be eligible for VFC vaccines.

For more information on school immunization requirements, contact Lexie Barber, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.2335, or visit our website at www.ndhealth.gov/immunize.