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School Apps for Parents

School Apps for ParentsParentapps TeamBefore technological advances it was challenging for schools to communicate with the parents of pupils en masse. Until very recently even with the progression of the Internet, school communication had improved vastly but still...

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Plenty of schools are now moving towards academy status with more opportunity to innovate and provide higher levels of teaching.

How to support children adjusting to a new ‘normal’ in a school setting

School’s out for summer! Not that the previous term was traditional schooling per se, but still, the summer holidays are upon us. Although we’re all hoping for further relaxation of COVID restrictions, it has been announced already that schools are to return in September 2020, to start their new school year.

Why is effective communication in schools Important?

While most of the work done by schools is focused educating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance of maintaining and constantly improving communication parents.

What do schools think of Parentapps?

Our latest app updates have been well received by our current customers – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this period, we have continued to provide a high level of customer support remotely and ensured school’s can communicate effectively!

What will education look like after COVID-19?

Education will undoubtedly look different after COVID – it already looks different. From social distancing measures to implementing new procedures to keep staff and children safe. Although this period has been stressful for everyone across the country, some changes could be made for the better.

What can our Homework Hub do for your school?

We brought forward the launch of our Homework Hub to help schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and students can download and submit homework, as well as live chat with teachers. It’s already helped numerous schools through the pandemic, and would benefit your school too.

How to conduct a virtual job interview for your school

Coronavirus has put a lot of processes on hold, but interviewing candidates for new job roles still needs to be done. Using video conferencing tools like Zoom enables schools to interview and onboard new staff and teachers remotely.

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How a school app can help you amid the Coronavirus outbreak
Parentapps Team
As of Monday 23 March, all UK schools have closed their doors to all children, except for those with parents who are key workers. Along with all non-essential shops and places including pubs, cafes and bars, schools have closed their doors in a bid to protect staff, pupils and parents from catching and spreading the Coronavirus disease – officially named COVID-19. Schools started to close following half-term when many cases of the virus were reported in northern Italy. Many families travel abroad for half-term and subsequently many returned from parts of northern Italy.
For all schools, keeping staff and pupils safe is a priority but science, culture and technology news website, Wired, thinks closing schools will only “help stem initial outbreaks” and believe it “won’t do much good in a full pandemic.”

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How a school app can help you amid the Coronavirus outbreak

During this high-unusual viral outbreak, communication between school and parents is vital.

As the epidemic of COVID-19 is an unexpected situation to find your school in, it can be challenging to plan for such instances. Although there are strategies in place for flu pandemics, it isn’t very easy to know what to do in such unusual circumstances.

Communication is instant

With our Parentapps school communication app – communication is instantaneous. Parents receive message notifications on their smartphone, and your school can send messages to individual classes, year groups or, in this case, the entire school.

You can be confident in the knowledge that every parent has received vital communication about the issue in hand.

 

No paper or office required

As long as your teachers or office manager has access to the platform from home – there’s no need to come into the school and mock-up paper letters. As communication is handled in a secure digital environment – communicating with parents has never been easier.

You can keep parents updated

There is no need for parents to keep refreshing your school social media feeds or checking your website for an update. Instant digital communication means you can keep your parents updated every step of the way, at the touch of a button.

This can relieve stress from parents – as they’re never left in the dark. Juggling childcare and employment can be tricky when schools close without warning. Keeping them updated with every detail is crucial to improve parental engagement.

Communicate easily with parents who don’t have the app

If you haven’t managed to get every parent signed up to the app – don’t worry, you can still effectively communicate with them. Our app has SMS and email built-in; this allows you to send text messages directly to parents who aren’t able to communicate through the school app.

This means that no parent is uncontactable – which is vital in these instances.

Your school can publish questionnaires

Our questionnaire feature means parents can keep your school fully-updated on things happening at home. Our app isn’t just a one-way communication tool; we understand how important it is that your parents have a voice at a time like this.

Sending out questionnaires to parents is straightforward and helpful when dealing with Coronavirus or other vital situations.

If you’re interested to learn more about how our school app can help you communicate even better with parents – sign up for our 30-day free trial now or contact our friendly team on 0151 728 3460.

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