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School-links Spring Cleaning: 5 tips to enrich your school communications

September, 2015

Spring

Like any successful spring cleaning process, taking a step back and making a list of things to do is helpful.

This spring we have put together some tips and updates to help School-links users brush up on their communication techniques and streamline processes.

Current Data

Regular csv data exports enrich your general communications for both text and email messaging as it will refresh you with your parents, caregivers and student’s latest email addresses and mobile phone numbers.  We recommend you email us a file monthly or at least twice a term – some schools are sending files weekly.

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Emergency Text App

Incidentally, having  good data in your portal also enables you the flexibility to use the Emergency Text App (for Administrators /Senior Management staff) to send urgent text messages to any combinations of your parents, staff and students.

The app is available for both Android and Apple devices, just look for School-links (with the hyphen), and the little orange logo will show with the correct app.

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Emergency message tips

A reminder for essentials to include when sending text and email messages, especially for cancellations, emergencies, lockdowns:

  • Put your school name in both the text and email message – preferably at the beginning of the message, and sign off.
  • For emergency text message communications it is preferable to use the Text Alert Centre.

For more tips on writing an effective text message click here.

 

Parent Interviews

Parent Interviews online booking system is now available.  We have partnered with Parent Interviews which uses a simple code for parents to access and book their interviews online.

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If you are interested in using this facility please contact us.

 

Update Administrators

Now is a timely reminder to update your Administrators.

To create an Administrator:

  • Click Users and Groups in blue bar
  • Administrators
  • Add new Administrator
  • Create New Administrator
  • Data Transfers
  • Enable account.

To add or remove a Master please contact us.

Our new parent interview system

October, 2014

After our recent partnership with Parent Interviews, we are pleased to advise the release of the following new features.

KAMAR Sync

KAMAR Sync allows Parent Interviews to receive automatic daily updates from your school. Every time a teacher is added or changed in KAMAR, a teacher will automatically be created in Parent Interviews for them. Teachers in Parent Interviews can also be updated with their details from KAMAR, including their email address and KAMAR password.

Text Message Reminders

Schools can enable text message reminders for parents. Parents can enter their mobile phone number as they book interviews, and they’ll receive a reminder text message on the day of their interviews.

Multiple Events

Parent Interviews has no restrictions on the number of events running at one time, useful if your school splits parent teacher interviews by year group or junior/senior school students. Events can have as many dates as your school needs.

To find out more about the new Parent Interviews system, click here.

Want to learn more? Enquire now.

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