Deer Lakes

School District

Skylert Emergency Notification System

Skylert provided by School Messenger

At Deer Lakes School District, a significant quantity of information is presented or collected electronically. Additionally, in the case of emergencies, we may contact families using Skylert (School Messenger), our family contact system. With Skylert families have the ability to change and to add contact numbers and e-mail addresses through Skyward Family Access. (Families without Internet and e-mail still have opportunities to receive communications through other means.)

Families can determine which phone numbers and which e-mail accounts receive certain types of communications.  Only the guardians of the first-family will be able to make changes to the Skylert information in Skyward Family Access. However, any guardian in the first-family does have the ability to add up to 4 additional phone numbers, 3 additional e-mails and 3 additional text message numbers to the Skylert listing.

Be sure to verify or update your Student and Parent/Guardian Information today.

Log in to Skyward Family Access.

Once logged in, click on Skylert on the General Information menu on the left navigation bar. Your Skylert settings will display. If you desire to make changes, be sure to click Save on the right hand side of the screen.

Here are a few tips to make your Skylert® system experience more effective:

  • Be sure to login to Skyward Family Access to make changes to your home, cell, and work numbers.
  • When Deer Lakes School District distributes a Skylert® system message, look at caller ID for our district office number 724.265.5300.
  • Like most automated calling systems, there will be a pause after you pick up the phone before the message is delivered. During that time, the system is assessing whether it has reached a live voice or answering machine and it is assessing the quality of the connection.
  • If you are in a noisy location or if you are on a cell phone in a windy location, the message might be restarted several times, not delivered at all, or cut off during delivery.
Most, but not all, messages delivered via the Skylert® system are weather-related or emergency calls. On rare ocassions, you may also receive other notifications/reminders about school events and activities.  However, for the most part, if you get a call from Skylert, it's something pressing.

If you have further questions about our alert system, please contact our IT Department (Justin Merwin) at 724.265.5300 Ext. 2656.


Justin Merwin
Director of Technology
724.265.5320 Ext: 2656

Technology Department
163 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
P: 724.265.5320 Ext. 6680
E: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.