Skylert enables you to receive notifications concerning your child(ren), including messages from Bellingham Public Schools and your child’s school. You have control over which notifications to receive and how you would like to receive them. Skylert is accessed via Skyward Family Access, so it is no longer necessary to login to a separate portal for SchoolMessenger to manage contact preferences.

Step 1

Begin by logging in to Skyward Family Access. Skylert is a feature for parents and guardians, so be sure to login as yourself (not your child). If you don’t know your login/password, click the “Forgot your login/password?” link to have a reset email sent to you. Please contact your child’s school if you have issues signing in.

An image of the login screen of Skyward

 

Step 2

Confirm that your name displays in the username on the right. Again, it’s important that you’re logged in as yourself and not using your child’s login. Each parent/guardian should login to manage their individual preferences.

A screenshot of the logged in screen of Skyward.

 

Step 3

If you have more than one student enrolled in the district, make sure that you’re displaying “All Students” at the top left.

A screen shot from within Skyward that shows each student profile.

 

Step 4

Click on the Skylert tab on the left.

 

Step 5

On the Skylert screen you’ll see:

  • Primary Phone for your whole household (this is the home phone number, or a parent/guardian’s cell phone if there’s no landline). This information comes from Skyward.
  • Your second phone number (if listed in Skyward)
  • Your third phone number (if listed in Skyward)
  • Your email address (if listed in Skyward)

The contact preferences section of Skylert.

Step 6

You can type directly into the boxes to update your phone numbers and email address. When changing your primary phone number, it will be updated in Skyward for all other members of your household. If any of the boxes are grayed out and don’t allow you to type, a message will display under the list of phone numbers to indicate why changes can’t be made.

Current and past employees of Bellingham Public Schools must contact Human Resources to change contact info phone numbers.

Step 7

Listed after each phone and email address are columns of different types of communications you can choose to receive.  By default, all items will be checked for the primary phone and email.  The Emergency, Attendance and Food Service Negative (Neg.) Balance notifications are required and can’t be edited.

All the editable columns in Skylert.

Step 8

If you would like to receive emergency and/or attendance calls to your cell or work phone in addition to the primary phone you can enter your phone number in the Additional Contact Info area further down on the screen and check the boxes for emergency and attendance there.

You can also enter any other personal phone numbers or email addresses you would like to use to receive calls, emails, or text messages.

The additional contacts section of Skylert.

Step 9

When you’ve finished making selections, scroll up to the top of the page and click the save button on the top right.

Once you have saved your information and preferences, you are done. You can change/manage your Skylert information any time throughout the school year. We know notification preferences may change, so feel free to login to Skyward Family Access and edit your information as needed.

An image showing how to save Skylert changes.