New permission feature is the perfect solution for Class Parent Representatives, and private music and drama teachers

In many schools parents play a key role promoting community amongst parents and students by acting as class representatives. Class Reps organise social gatherings, working bees and other opportunities for parents to come together and enjoy each other’s company, swap stories, share advice and discuss their childrens’ schooling.

Some Class Reps also organise and roster parent helpers in the classroom itself, to provide support to the teachers.

We have released a new user permission feature that is the perfect solution for Class Parent Representatives, or any other person who needs to communicate with the parents from one or more nominated lists of students, but who should not have access to other information from the school, or even those lists if it is not information they created.

Private music and drama teachers are a great example, they need to be able to communicate with the parents of the students they teach, but as they are not school staff, they should not be able to interact with information unrelated to their work.

Schools can configure ParentPaperwork to enable Class Reps to have access limited to just the classes in which they are involved, by restricting users to only be able to see and interact with information specific to one or more Student Lists.

To allocate a User to a Student List click your User Name at the top right, select Configuration, and then Users.

In the field ‘Only these Student Lists’ start typing the name of the Student List you wish to allocate. A drop down list of choices will be displayed, click the one you require.

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Allocating a user to a Student List means that person can only see Slip, Broadcast, Student and Parent Contact information connected to that List, they cannot view information associated with any other Lists.

If a User is allocated to one or more Student Lists, you’ll find the ‘Only the User’s Slips’ option is selected by default and cannot be changed. This means they can only see Slips and Broadcasts they create or are on the workflow for. So even if the school has sent out Slips to parents for the Student List, the user will not have access to those Slips or the information submitted back by parents.

If you would like more information about how ParentPaperwork can help Class Reps and other similar users please email support@parentpaperwork.com.

Send newsletters and alerts to parents with ParentPaperwork

A great many schools have asked us if they can use ParentPaperwork to send newsletters and other information to parents, via email and SMS.

We are pleased to announce availability of the new Parent Broadcast feature, included as part of everyone’s ParentPaperwork annual subscription.

The Broadcast feature lets you send emails and/or SMS text messages to parents without needing a response back. You create the Broadcast in a similar fashion as sending an online form to parents, but there is no need for them to respond. Broadcast is great for distributing your school’s newsletter, or sending alerts or updates to groups of parents.

Many schools now distribute their newsletters via email, or perhaps a mobile app. Both methods have their drawbacks.

If you are using email, then you are probably copying and pasting dozens of addresses into your email program. Or maybe you are using MailChimp, or Constant Contact, or one of the other email newsletter systems – which means importing your parent list each time. And if you want to send an SMS you’ll have to use yet another system.

But what about the mobile apps some schools use? The big problem is you will never have every parent download, install and set up the app. Some parents won’t own smart phones. Others simply won’t want the bother of another app on their phone. So you will never be able to be confident your messages are reaching everyone.

The Broadcast system in ParentPaperwork is different. You can  send a message to the parents on one or more Student Lists, via either email or SMS or both. No fuss, quick and easy. You can immediately communicate with EVERY PARENT in the school, providing you have at least either an email address or mobile phone number on file.

If you wish to make use of SMS notifications you need to ask us to turn this feature on for you. Please email support@parentpaperwork.com and we’ll flick the switch.

You can check whether SMS notifications are enabled by clicking on your User Name at the top right (after logging into ParentPaperwork). Then click Settings, and Configuration.