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SchoolMessenger will be replacing School News Notifier (SNN) at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

We will continue to use both tools throughout the transitional period, and encourage all SNN users to make sure they are also receiving desired updates through SchoolMessenger.


SchoolMessenger provides options for parents and guardians, employees and community members to receive news and updates in a variety of categories, including each school, general district news (including Board of Education news), weather-related and other emergency updates, and athletics. We also will continue to use SchoolMessenger to connect with parents and guardians for automated attendance calls. 

Parents and guardians will automatically be enrolled to receive emergency updates as well as district news and updates from the school or schools their children attend. Parents and guardians also can create a SchoolMessenger account to manage your preferences for how you receive updates (phone, text and/or email), and to update your preferences to include an additional "athletics" category.

Parents and guardians, please make sure we have your current email, and home and cell phone numbers, on file in schooltool, whether or not you wish to make a SchoolMessenger account. If you are unsure whether we have your current email, please contact your child's school. For more information, please review the "what will be improved with SchoolMessenger" section below, as well as the individual instruction pages for families, staff and community members.

The SchoolMessenger platform is slightly different for families, community and staff. Please select your user group below to learn more and sign up.

School News Notifier (SNN)

Looking ahead: from SNN to School Messenger

SNN has been the City School District of Albany's primary means of email updates (and emergency text alerts) for more than a decade. We are currently in the process of upgrading to the SchoolMessenger platform, which will be a more comprehensive and robust tool serving all of our stakeholders.

We will continue to use SNN during the transition period, but we plan to transition fully to SchoolMessenger in July.

While you are certainly welcome to still sign up for SNN, we encourage all individuals interested in receiving email updates, as well as text alerts and robocalls if you choose, to sign up for SchoolMessenger using the links at the top of this page.