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 [email protected] 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.