The My School Portal Parent Directory is another very useful and powerful feature for both school and parents.
The Parent Directory allows parents to share their contact details with other parents from the school to make communication easy.
Assembling a parent directory can be a challenging task: getting parents to provide their contact information, signing off on having it published and keeping it up to date. Moving the Directory to a secure online environment removes the need for paper-based letters or hard copies that can very quickly become obsolete whilst eliminating the administrative burden of managing information for the school.
As with all My School Portal features the Parent Directory has security at its core and can help support schools in the processing of personal data in line with data protection legislation.
The Parent Directory is an opt-in function and parents can choose how much information they would like to share.
Once a parent has opted in to the Directory they can view the information in a number of ways by selecting to display contact information for a child’s year group or contact information for a child’s form.
For parents with more than one child, it is possible to select which child you want to display information for via easy to follow links in the side bar to contact other parents or guardians from their year group or form.
Records can show:
- Child’s name
- Parent’s name
- Parent’s email address
- Parent’s home address
- Parent’s home phone number
- Parent’s mobile number
Information can easily be edited and updated as required within the interface.
The Parent Directory can be accessed on the go thanks to full compatibility with smartphones or tablets so it is always easy to view and find information, helping busy families to stay connected.
Here’s what Angela Slater, School Administrator at Pilgrims School has to say about the Directory:
“The MSP parent directory works really well. It is ideal to give ownership to parents to decide on whether or not their details should be visible and to whom. The feature is simple to use and has been an added benefit to moving as much as possible of our school administration online.”