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We are committed to providing effective communications to students, families, staff and community members.

The Department of Communications supports student success by highlighting stories across the district that support: Be seen. Be heard. Be bold.

Communications oversight includes:

  • Communications Planning
  • Crisis Communications
  • Internal Communications 
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Media Relations
  • Family Communications
  • Social Media
  • Strategic Planning
  • Website Management


Shawn Hogendorf 
Director of Communications and Community Relations
Cell: 612-590-4516

Shawn Hogendorf Headhsot
sowashco schools

Connect with SoWashCo Schools:

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District and Family Communications

SoWashCo Schools uses Blackboard Connect, a system to reach thousands of families and staff via email, phone and text message. These messages may include weekly updates from the school and district, notifications of school closings or delays or emergency notifications.

It's important that every family have updated contact information to ensure they receive timely and important communications.

If you have unsubscribed to, or opted-out of, phone calls, text messages or emails from your child’s school or the district, you can resubscribe by following the steps below.

Phone Calls

  • Check your contact information and communication preferences in Infinite Campus (Parent Portal)
  • Call 855-502-7867 and follow the prompts (available in English and Spanish) to opt-in to communications, if you've been accidentally opted out
  • Contact the communications department at

Text Messages

  • Check your contact information and communication preferences in Infinite Campus (Parent Portal)
  • Send the message "START 833TXT" to the number 23177 if you've been accidentally opted-out of text messages
  • Contact the communications department at 


If you are not receiving district newsletters or emails:

  • To resubscribe to emails from your child’s school or SoWashCo newsletters, send an email that includes your request to resubscribe to emails, your name and the email address you would like to receive messages at to