The Natrona County School District plans to test its emergency notification system Thursday and wants to warn parents that the alert they receive will be only a test.

"The primary purpose of this test is to provide all parents/guardians and NCSD staff members with the opportunity to identify if their notification preferences are up-to-date," spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said in a news release. "Often times, during a situation requiring immediate notification, we are later made aware of individuals not receiving the message."

"Most frequently, it is due to notification preferences not being selected or inaccurate contact information," Southerland explained.

Parents, guardians and district staff will receive a phone call and text message at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the following information:

This is a test message of NCSD's Emergency Notification System. This is only a TEST. Thank you.

Anyone who should receive the notification but does not get the alert Thursday should log into their Campus Parent Portal and update their contact information and/or notification preferences.

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