School and District Communications
Notification Service Adds Option for Broader Community Outreach
- By Dian Schaffhauser
notification service designed for K-12 has added the ability to reach
community members too. ParentSquare,
which produces a platform intended for two-way contact with families
either at the classroom level or at the district or school level, now
includes a "Community Groups" feature.
format for communications with ParentSquare includes texting, email,
voice, social and web sharing and app notifications. The service can
also accommodate direct messaging, document sharing, appointments,
invoices and calendar and RSVP invitations. The company said that the
program translates messages into more than 100 languages.
newest functionality lets people who aren't parents, guardians,
students or staff sign up for various communications offered by the
district and schools. Those might include notifications about
fundraisers, afterschool programs and sporting or alumni events.
Community web pages can be enabled at the district or school level,
idea, according to the company, is to eliminate the need for schools
to subscribe to a separate mass email distribution service for
communicating with the larger community.
new Community Groups feature provides another layer of communications
outreach to strengthen the relationship between schools, families and
the community at large," said Anupama Vaid, the company's
founder and president, in a press release. "Involving interested
community members in school-related activities not only fosters
awareness and goodwill, but it can also bolster resources through
donations, volunteering and partnerships."
feature is available to customers with the full ParentSquare
subscription. Customers with the Community Groups feature can also add SMS text messages and automated voice calls. Those can be added for an additional charge.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.