District News

Madras High School Hires new Athletic Director

Madras High School Hires new Athletic Director

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release May 26, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Prechtl, Communications Coordinator | 541-475-6192 Ext. 2225 Madras High Hires New Athletic Director Madras, Ore - Madras High School with have a new but familiar face leading the...

Madras Elementary Receives Seismic Retrofit Grant

Madras Elementary Receives Seismic Retrofit Grant

Oregon Business is distributing the grant to schools and emergency services buildings across the state. Madras, Ore – The Jefferson County School District is one of almost two dozen school districts across Oregon to receive a seismic rehabilitation grant from Business...

1st and 2nd Graders Get a Taste of Authorship

1st and 2nd Graders Get a Taste of Authorship

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release May 26, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Prechtl, Communications Coordinator | 541-475-6192 Ext. 2225 On Tuesday, June 1, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., first and second-grade students from the Jefferson County school...

Staff and Family UPDATE:  May 20, 2021

Staff and Family UPDATE: May 20, 2021

To: Staff, Families, and Students of Jefferson County School District 509-J Date: May 20, 2021 RE: Updates from Oregon Department of Education regarding mask guidelines outdoors This afternoon we received updated guidance from the Oregon Department of Education...

Bond Development Committee Launch

Bond Development Committee Launch

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release April 22, 2021 Media Contact: Martha Bewley, Chief Financial Officer | 541-475-6192 Jefferson County School District Launches Bond Development Committee Citizen Led Committee to Seek Community Input & Prioritize...


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.

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