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The Communications Department provides strategic input in decision-making and communicating decisions of the administration and School Board. The department is responsible for developing and assisting with communication for both internal and external audiences, including community, government and media relations; crisis communication and mass notification; website and social media; news releases, newsletters and marketing materials; advertising sponsorship; brand standards and requests for information.

The Communications Department oversees operation of District 196 Cable TV and District 196 YouTube channels and the district’s Legislative Advisory Council. The Communications Department also produces a quarterly newsletter, Spotlight, that shares stories of infinite possibilities from around District 196. 

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Social Media

District 196 recognizes the value and increasing role of online social media in an education realm. To increase our communication efforts, we have accounts on five social media sites:

  • Facebook (@District196)

  • Instagram (@District196)

  • YouTube (District 196 TV)

  • Twitter (@isd196schools)

  • LinkedIn (District 196)

  • We also store photos on Flickr

Text Messaging

District 196 uses texting as a communications method. The texts are delivered via SchoolMessenger, the mass notification service the district uses for phone calls and email messages. Parents must opt-in to receive text messages. Standard message and data rates may apply.

*Only SMS numbers listed as Guardians in the Infinite Campus student information system can receive texts.

Getting started

  • Text Y to 67587, you will receive a confirmation message stating you are registered to receive SchoolMessenger notifications via text. (If you do not receive a confirmation message or what appears to be an error message, it most likely means that short code texting is not enabled on your wireless plan.)
  • For help information, text HELP to 67587.

  • To opt out at any time, text STOP to 67587.

Department Contacts

Tony taschner

Director of Communications
Phone: 651-423-7775

Ally Garin

Communications Coordinator
Phone: 651-423-7746