Bellingham Public Schools

Communications & Community Relations

Communications and Community Relations  provides information to a variety of stakeholders, including students, staff, families, news media and community members. We communicate accurate and timely  news about schools, programs, achievements of students and staff, opportunities for input, decisions and district policies, programs, procedures, achievements, decisions, critical education issues and emergency/weather information.

The department is responsible for:

  • Internal Communications
  • External Communications
  • Strategic Communications Planning
  • Media Relations
  • Crisis Communications
  • Communications Research (surveys, focus groups, input)
  • Community Engagement
  • Publications
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Digital Communications (Web, e-news, video)
  • Recognition
  • Special Events
  • Public Records
  • Interpretation and Translation Services



SchoolMessenger is a communications service that we use in Bellingham Public Schools to stay in touch with families. This service helps us send announcements, school newsletters and district news via email, phone or text.

Managing Your SchoolMessenger Contact Preferences 

If you are registered in Bellingham Public Schools, email addresses and the primary phone number for each student are pulled into the SchoolMessenger system automatically from Skyward.

To opt-in for text messaging and/or Early AM phone notification (weather closures, etc.),please print this form, fill it out, and return to your school office. 
Contact your school secretary or registrar to update your primary phone number. Update email addresses in Skyward Family Access. Contact your school secretary or registrar to update your primary phone number.

SchoolMessenger is used by the district and schools for emergencies, weather-related closures/delays, attendance and general communications such as important school announcements and e-news. SchoolMessenger enhances our ability to communicate regularly with parents and staff in multiple languages using phone calls, e-mail and text messaging. 

Bellingham Public Schools do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your cell phone provider for possible charges. Text messaging in SchoolMessenger is opt-in only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for SchoolMessenger?
Parents and guardians will receive some phone notifications, but only for one primary phone number two email addresses pulled from Skyward. Text messages will not be included. Call your school secretary to have your preferences changed.

How do I update my primary number contact information?
Please contact your child's school. It is important that your child's school has up-to-date contact information in order to reach you regarding your child.

What type of messages will I receive from SchoolMessenger?
SchoolMessenger will be used to send everything from snow closure alerts to attendance messages and school news. The district can send emergency messages or general information to the entire district and principals can send information to their school community.

Is SchoolMessenger secure?
Your student's information is stored on a secure server and all personal data is sent in an encrypted format. SchoolMessenger has a strict privacy policy and does not sell or distribute your contact information to any third party. Please remember, just like with any application, if you give your password to anyone, including your child, your contact information can be changed and messages regarding attendance, grades and emergencies can be diverted or discontinued.