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Posted: July 30, 2019

APS to Text Families about Student Absences

Attendance and truancy texts will begin on Monday, Aug. 12.

APS launches text messaging for high school families.

APS launches text messaging for high school families.

Text Messaging Initiative

APS has added another tool to its communications arsenal, using text messaging to let families know about student absences. 

The District first started texting high school families last spring. It is now expanding this form of communication to the families of elementary and middle school students. 

Launch Date

The initiative kicked off on Aug. 5 with a welcome text from APS (number 67587) to families who currently receive phone and email notifications from their child's school and the District. 

Attendance and truancy texts will begin on Monday, Aug. 12. 

To receive text messages, families need to make sure their child's school has current mobile phone numbers. You can review and update mobile phone numbers in ParentVUE. 

Update your information.

Message Types

The text messages will come from APS (not your child's school) and will focus on attendance. 

  • Texts will be sent in the morning and evening to notify families about unexcused absences.
  • Texts also will be sent to notify families when a student has missed two, five, and 10 days of school.

Families will continue to receive calls and emails from their child's school for school-specific events and information.

Opting Out 

Families may choose to stop getting APS texts at any time by replying “STOP” to any message or by opting-out online. Scroll to the bottom of the page to fill out the unsubscribe form.

  • If texts are stopped, text messaging will discontinue for existing attendance and truancy notifications, as well as for any future notification types (including emergencies).
  • If texts are stopped, text messaging will discontinue for all students associated with your number.
  • If texts are stopped, calls and email notifications will continue.

If you receive a text message from APS and don't have a student in our schools, please contact or call 505-855-9049. We will update our student contact data and remove your number. You may also reply STOP (not case sensitive) to the introductory message.

What To Do if You Didn't Receive the Introductory Text

  • Check to make sure your contact information is correct in ParentVUE. Contact your student's school for assistance. 
  • If you have previously blocked APS calls, you may remove the block by texting OPT IN (not case sensitive) to 67587. You also may request to have your number unblocked by contacting .
  • If you accidentally reply STOP, you may opt back in by texting OPT IN (not case sensitive) to 67587.

How Much Does it Cost to Receive APS Text Messages

Check with your carrier if you have questions about your cellular service plan. Message and data rates may apply.

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