The Halton District School Board is committed to providing timely, effective communication to parents/guardians and students.
In September 2018, the HDSB transitioned to a new Student Absence Reporting System called SchoolMessenger.
This is the system used for:
- Reporting student absences
- Receiving all messages and phone calls from your child's school and the HDSB
Families receive instructions on how to register for SchoolMessenger when they register for school.
All families must register for
SchoolMessenger to report student absences online and set communication preferences for receiving messages from your child's school and the HDSB.
Options for Reporting Student Absence
- HDSB Mobile App (available for download from the App Store and Google Play)
- Phone: 1-877-409-6310 (toll-free)
The SchoolMessenger system is accessible 24 hours, seven days a week to report future absences and late arrivals.
Note: As a result of technical issues experienced by SchoolMessenger, families will not receive a confirmation email when creating an absence via the SchoolMessenger app or website. Absence confirmation messages will only be sent when reported by telephone. The vendor expects to restore all confirmation messages by the end of January 2019.
Set Your Communication Preferences
Choose how you want to receive messages from your child's school and the HDSB
- HDSB Mobile App
- Text Message
Receiving Messages from Your Child's School and the HDSB
The Halton District School Board relies on
to communicate with parents/guardians. This system enables schools to send messages by email, mobile app notification, text message, or by phone call.
Parents/guardians are asked to provide their child’s school with a current email address and phone number for these types of messages.