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Communications Department

The Hollister R-V School District is committed to open, honest, and ongoing communication with our school community. We understand that maintaining a two-way conversation is essential for building relationships.

These relations are the foundation of a strong school system. The district desires to foster strong relationships with district stakeholders.

Statistics consistently show that schools are among the safest places to be due to the strong commitment of educators, families, and our community to our students and schools. We strive to be proactive rather than reactive. In the event of an emergency situation, the Hollister R-V School District has developed a guide that outlines the key elements of our state of preparedness. We hope it will answer questions you have concerning our actions and intentions in the event of an emergency.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE

 

CONTACT

  • Kim Connell
    417-243-4081
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    Please contact the Communications Director with all media inquiries.

  • Dawn Allred, HHS Digital Media Coordinator

    Sandy Brown, HMS Digital Media Coordinator
    Brandon Stitt, HES/HECC Digital Media Coordinator
     

     

PARENTSQUARE & STUDENTSQUARE

The Hollister R-V School District uses ParentSquare (and StudentSquare) as our main communication platform. ParentSquare is a two-way communication tool that provides a safe way for school employees to communicate with parents and students (high school and middle school) in one place. ParentSquare is a unified platform for all communication, more parent/guardian involvement, robust engagement features, an app for mobile users, and two-way language translations.

ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.

StudentSquare automatically generates an account for each middle and high school student, using their school email address and mobile number (if the mobile number is in Infinite Campus). We encourage students to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.ParentSquare

ParentSquare/StudentSquare Features

  1. Unified Platform: All school communications - from district announcements to classroom updates to updates on athletics and activities - will be housed under one platform. 
  2. Instant Notifications: You can receive messages via email, text, or the ParentSquare app. You can customize your preferences to choose how you'd like to be notified about various updates. You may also choose to receive notifications as they come in or all at once with a daily digest at around 6:00 PM.
  3. Direct Communication: Have a question or feedback? ParentSquare allows you to communicate directly with teachers and staff easily. ParentSquare also offers auto translations in over 100 languages.
  4. Calendar & Events: Stay updated with school events, parent-teacher conferences, and other important dates through its integrated calendar. 
  5. Secure & Confidential: ParentSquare is dedicated to protecting the privacy of our students and families. All communication and contact details remain confidential. 
  6. Comment on school postings to engage with your school community. 
  7. Group Messages: Participate in group messages for clubs, sports, and any other extracurricular school activities.
  8. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

PARENTSQUARE & STUDENTSQUARE FAQ

  • ParentSquare is a unified communications platform designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with the Hollister R-V School District. It provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, students, and parents to: 

    • Mass notifications and Urgent Alerts with two-way communication
    • Direct messaging with two-way translations 
    • Send and receive school, class, and activity information
    • Share pictures and files
    • Calendar and RSVP
    • Volunteer and classroom sign-ups 
    • Schedule parent-teacher conferences
    • and much more... all in one centralized place!
  • There are two ways to create an account with ParentSquare: 

    1. Invitation Email/Text: 

    • The Hollister R-V School District sends out invitations to activate your ParentSquare account. 
    • If you received an invitation email from ParentSquare, click on the link in your email invitation. This will take you to the signup page. Enter the requested information, create a password, and follow the prompts to complete your registration. 

    2. Self-Sign-Up:

    • The Hollister R-V School District allows self-sign-up, visit the ParentSquare website, or download the ParentSquare app from the App Store (for iOS devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices). 
    • If you have a Google email address, use the Google Sign-In option. 
    • If you do not have a Google email, enter the phone number or email address you listed in Infinite Campus during registration at the beginning of the school year or when the student was enrolled. 
    • Follow the prompts to set up your account, including verifying your identity and creating a password. 

    3. Complete Profile: 

    • Once your account is created, log in and complete your profile. Add any additional contact information, set up your notification preferences, and adjust any other settings as necessary. 

    4. Join School: 

    • After registration, you should automatically be connected to your child’s school, classes, and groups. 

    5. Explore Features: 

    • Take some time to explore the platform. Familiarize yourself with the features, such as direct messaging, viewing announcements, participating in polls, and signing up for volunteer opportunities. 

    6. Troubleshooting: 

    • If you encounter any issues or did not receive an invitation, contact your child’s school for assistance. They can provide you with the necessary information or resent the invitation. 
  • Certainly! All parents are provided with a ParentSquare account. For those who have not activated their ParentSquare account, a summary email/text will be sent at the end of the end of each day at around 6:00 PM. Parents will also receive all emergency calls the campus or district sends out.

  • Customizing notification settings in ParentSquare is a straightforward process, designed to let users decide how they receive information. Here’s a general guide to help you adjust your notification settings: 

    1. Log in: 

    • Start by logging into your ParentSquare account through the website or the app. 

    2. Access settings: 

    • Once logged in, look for the ‘Settings’ or ‘Profile’ icon, typically found in the upper right-hand corner or the main menu. 
    • In the settings or profile area, locate the ‘Notification Preferences’ or a similar section. 

    3. Customize Notifications: 

    • Here, you will find the options to customize how you receive different notifications. You can typically choose between email, text message, app push notifications, or a combination thereof. 
    • Adjust the settings for each type of communication, such as messages, announcements, and events according to your preferences. Urgent and emergency alerts will go through regardless of your settings. 

    4. Save Changes: 

    • After customizing your notification preferences, be sure to save the changes. 

    5. Review and Adjust: 

    • It’s a good practice to periodically review and adjust your notification settings to ensure you are receiving information in the most convenient way for you. 
  • Yes, ParentSquare has a mobile app available for download on both iOS and Android devices. Click on the links below to download the ParentSquare app on your mobile device. 

    Apple Store iOS ParentSquare App Download 

    Android ParentSquare App Download

  • Parents can update their language preferences within their ParentSquare account. Upon doing so, any communication directed to them will be automatically translated into their selected language, ensuring a seamless exchange of information. This feature extends to outgoing messages as well, translating communications sent by parents to staff members, which fosters a more inclusive and connected school community. To learn how to set your language preference, please refer to the available resources and guides provided here by ParentSquare. 

  • Click here for more information and guides on how to use ParentSquare.

  • StudentSquare offers similar features to ParentSquare but it is designed for student use. Students in grades 6-12 have access to StudentSquare. StudentSquare is an innovative tool designed to enhance school-to-home communication for our students.

    • Instant Notifications: Immediate updates on school events, activities, and important announcements. 

    • Enhanced Engagement: A direct connection to school resources and calendars. 

    • Seamless communication: A streamlined way to stay informed and feel more connected to our school community. 

    • Notification Filters: Students can customize which notifications they’d like to receive, ensuring they only get information relevant to them.

  • The district has access to all communication in StudentSquare between students and school personnel.

  • Instructions to Download and Sign In (6-12th grade students only): 

    1. Search for StudentSquare on your student's device app store and download it.

    2. Open the app and select the option to sign in using Google. 

    3. Use your child's school-issued Google credentials to sign in using the Google Sign-in option. 

    4. Parents/Guardian: If you wish to know what information your child is receiving, please complete the steps above on your device. You are able to have both the ParentSquare app and the StudentSquare app on your phone as a parent. 

      1. On the StudentSquare app, you will need to use your child's school Google sign-in information. 

      2. Check with your student for their Google school username and password. If you have multiple children, you will be required to sign out from one account and sign in to the other accounts to check all accounts. 

    StudentSquare is optional. We strive to improve communication between school and home in a manner that is both safe and secure. 

    Apple iOS StudentSquare App Download

    Android StudentSquare App Download 

ABOUT HOLLISTER

RESOURCES

  • Would you like to stay up to date with Hollister Schools? Join Tiger e-News Community Group. This group is for community members who want to stay in touch with HSD through the Tiger e-News and/or ParentSquare app. The Tiger e-News is emailed each Friday (except for winter and summer breaks).

    If you are a staff member of Hollister R-V or have a student who attends Hollister, you do not need to join this group to have access to the Tiger e-News and the ParentSquare app. Neither do Hollister High School and Middle School students.

  • HOLLISTER R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT SOCIAL MEDIA EXTERNAL POLICY

    Please be aware that when engaging with this agency through Social Media, you agree to the following:

     MODERATION OF THIRD PARTY CONTENT

    The agency does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with Third-Party comments, messages, posts, opinions, advertisements, videos, promoted content, external hyperlinks, linked websites (or the information, products, or services contained therein), statements, commercial products, processes or services posted on any Social Media Site.

    This agency’s social media site serves as a limited public forum.

    User-generated posts may be rejected or removed when the content includes any of the following:

    ■ incitement of violence or violent behavior,

    ■ defamation or spread of misinformation,

    ■ copyrighted or commercial material

    ■ fraudulent material or accusations, or

    ■ obscene or illegal material.

    We do not allow information intended to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username, and any information provided.

    EMERGENCY POSTINGS

    Social media sites are not monitored 24/7. If there is an emergency, contact 911. 

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