DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Public Schools wants to stay in touch with parents — via text messaging.

The district says text messaging will help when it comes to district information, emergencies, and important classroom news.

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“This new SMS text messaging service will enhance our extensive system of communicating and engaging with our parents and offer our schools and the district another important tool to notify our parents quickly in emergencies,” said Chief Operating Officer Mark Schrupp. “We also expect that the system will augment communications regarding our classroom and attendance initiatives.”

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DPS officials say in order for parents to participate in the service, they must opt in and indicate their willingness to receive text messages on their phones. In 30 days, parents will receive a message asking them to text the word “subscribe” to 68453.

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The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete. Parents can opt out at any time.