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Bridges High School Launches Alternative Education Redesign

Bridges High School Launches Alternative Education Redesign

MEDIA RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseAugust 3rd, 2021MEDIA CONTACT:Joseph Prechtl, Communications | 541-475-6192 Ext. 2225 Bridges High School Launches Alternative Education Redesign The Jefferson County School District is building upon the...

509J COVID-19 Guidance Update

509J COVID-19 Guidance Update

August 2, 2021 509J Families and Community, On Thursday, Governor Kate Brown announced that she is directing The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to develop a rule aligning to CDC recommendations. This rule aims to require masks...

Madras FFA students excel at Jefferson County Fair

Madras FFA students excel at Jefferson County Fair

By 509J Communications FFA Madras has reason to celebrate after how the members performed at the Jefferson County Fair. Altogether, more than two dozen students showed a range of animals from cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. “We have champions in all four species,...

509J COVID-19 Guidance Update for 2021-2022 School Year

509J COVID-19 Guidance Update for 2021-2022 School Year

509J COVID-19 Guidance for 2021-2022 School Year On July 22nd, The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released an updated draft of their Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for Full-time, In-Person Instruction for the 2021-2022 School Year. This...

Family Communication on Face Coverings

Family Communication on Face Coverings

To: Families and Students of Jefferson County School District 509J Date: July 9, 2021 RE: Clarification regarding face covering guidelines while on a school bus for July Summer Programming Earlier today, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) clarified the face...

Summer College Classes for JCSD 509J Students

Summer College Classes for JCSD 509J Students

JCSD 509-J is happy to announce there are opportunities for summer college classes for current district high school students including this year’s class of 2021. This is all thanks to a partnership with the Central Oregon Community College, Madras Campus. When...


Joseph Prechtl

Joseph Prechtl

Communications Coordinator

Our Communications Plan

Jefferson County School District 509J develops and implements strategic internal and external communications for our district and its schools with the development and delivery of clear, timely, and accurate information about the district. We seek to provide resources and materials to ensure families, students, staff, partners, media, citizens, and other members of the community are kept informed about our key priorities, successes, and challenges.

Jefferson County School District 509J uses Blackboard Connect, a telephone notification/messaging service, to communicate with families and district employees.  This system allows us to personally contact our families about emergencies, events, and other important issues that impact you and your child throughout the school year.

We use Blackboard Connect to send a personalized voice message to your home, work, or cell phone. For example, schools can make one phone call and reach all of the parents, employees, or a combination of both within minutes. The service also offers email and text message capability.

To make sure you are informed, be sure to supply accurate contact information to your child’s school:

  • All Contact Numbers (Home, Cell, Work)
  • Email Address
  • Home Address

Blackboard Connect will detect answering services and leave a message after the beep. Outreach messages typically go to the home phone number. Emergency messages go to numbers supplied by you.

Changes to Contact Information

Parents are responsible for making sure accurate contact information is on file at their child’s school. Changes include name, address, emergency numbers for home, work, cell phone and email address(es). If the information is not accurate, you may not receive messages sent via Blackboard Connect.

The information must be on file at your child’s school in order for schools and our district to send important messages to you via Blackboard Connect. Once information is changed, it usually takes up to 24 hours to update in the Blackboard Connect system.

Examples of Messages You May Receive:

Emergencies Outreach Attendance
  • Crisis/Safety
  • School Closings
  • Cancellations
  • Bus Delays
  • Open House
  • Test Schedules
  • School Events
  • Notification of Student Absence

Attendance messages are sent during these times to inform you of your child’s absence and for safety concerns. Parents should verify absences by contacting their child’s school. Please note, parents will still get an attendance notification message even if you have notified the school that your child will be out for a particular day or week. This is verification of school attendance records and notification to parents.

FAQ’s regarding SMS Text Messaging:  

  • Question: What happens if I provide a phone number to receive text messages?
    Answer:  We will input your text-enabled (SMS) phone number into the system, and our calling service will
    automatically send a text message to your mobile phone to confirm your request.


  • Question: From what number will these text messages originate?
    Answer:  All confirmation text messages and subsequent alerts will come from 23177 or 63079. Please save
    this number and program it as your school so you can quickly recognize this number as the official
    source of our messages.


  • Question:  What will the confirmation message say?
    Answer:  The confirmation message will read the following:
    You are confirmed to receive alerts from us. More info text reply “HELP” or “STOP 509J”
    to opt out. Msg & data rates may apply


  • Question:  How do I opt-out to receive text messages from our calling service?
    Answer:  When you receive the confirmation, please text reply back with “STOP 509J” The confirmation
    message will read the following:
    You are now confirmed to stop receiving messages from us.

  • Question:  I did not receive a confirmation message. What happened?
    Answer:  Check with your provider to see if text messaging has been enabled since you will need to be subscribed
    to a text messaging plan in order to receive or reply to text messages. You should also ask your mobile
    phone provider if your device accepts premium text messages.


  • Question:  I did not receive a confirmation message because my phone wasn’t text enabled. I have since contacted
    my mobile phone provider to enable it. Do I need another confirmation message sent?
    Answer:  No. If your SMS phone was already submitted to our database, you should be confirmed to receive text
    alerts.  However, you can check if you are opted-in by texting the word “SUBSCRIBE 509J” to 23177 or
    63079 and you will receive the following reply:
    This phone number has already been opted in. More info text reply “HELP” or “STOP 509J” to opt out

  • Question:  What if I opted-out but later decide I would like to opt-in again?
    Answer:  To re-subscribe to SMS texts, recipients can text the words “SUBSCRIBE 509J” to either of our short codes at
    • 23177 or 63079 or 82932 to receive emergency texts.
    • 53291 to receive non-emergency announcements and closure notifications

      If the recipient wants to receive both emergency and non emergency, send the text twice, once to each of the short codes


  • Question:  If I change mobile phone providers but keep the same number, do I need to opt-in again?
    Answer:  No. Once your phone number has been opted-in, it stays registered within the system.

Jefferson County School District and our schools utilize the following social media platforms:

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 Social Media Rules of Engagement

Jefferson County School District 509J

This site welcomes your comments and the expression of your opinion. We also respect your right to disagree. That being said, we are counting on you to follow some basic rules on our sites:

No abusive, obscene, vulgar, or inappropriate language or postings. This includes remarks that are racist, sexist, homophobic, profane, or sexually explicit. All such posts will be immediately removed. This includes masked words (***), acronyms and abbreviations. Please note that we use automatic comment filtering, so any comment containing profanity will automatically be hidden.
We will remove any post that is derogatory toward an individual, whether a student, a staff member, or a community member.
If you wish to make us aware of an issue in your school, or if you have a complaint, please submit the information following the appropriate procedure at
Please cite your sources as appropriate.
We will remove posts that violate the privacy of individuals.
We will remove comments that are repetitive or are unrelated to the original post.
We will remove comments that promote or endorse political campaigns or candidates
We will remove comments that advertise or promote commercial products or services
Our page administrators reserve the right to remove any comment at any time for any reason.
Content that infringes on copyrights or trademarks will be removed.
Content that violates JCSD 509J policy, Oregon law, or federal law will be removed.
Repeat violators will be banned from the site.

These pages are not monitored 24/7. Please direct any comments or questions to

Jefferson County School District 509J does not sponsor or endorse any content posted on this social media site by third party users.