During this time, it is more important than ever before to continue to connect with your students and families as much as you can. An all-in-one student information system (SIS) that integrates with your other administrative software is key to achieving efficient and effective processes both virtually and in the classroom. With the shift to virtual learning in 2020 schools are adding new technologies to support students and families, requiring faculty and staff to become tech experts overnight.
A lot of schools have limited staff and if your school is like most, each of your staff members wears multiple hats and does multiple jobs at once. Many schools are currently faced with the challenge of having reduced budget and resources, forcing them to figure out how to do more with less. At the same time, students and families are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information they’re receiving, all while trying to navigate the challenges virtual learning has presented within the last year. Parents expect schools to provide clear communications, explaining what’s happening with students on a day-to-day basis while also giving families an easy way to access that information when it’s most convenient for them.
Despite all the challenges schools are facing, family expectations continue to rise. Families are still paying full tuition and expect the same excellent experience they always had with private education.
When a school’s communication tools, gradebooks and student tracking systems are disconnected from other software systems—like admissions and enrollment or class management tools like Google Classroom—you’re creating extra work for yourself, your staff and your faculty.
Moving to a centralized, streamlined SIS, and choosing a single software solution that does all the tasks you need, allows you to gain all sorts of benefits across campus and with your families.
By giving parents a self-serve portal, you’re putting the power back into their hands, allowing them to access important information on their own, at any time, without having to wait for someone else to get them what they need. Clear, concise communication and a real-time look into what’s happening on campus are just two things you can give parents to establish trust and make them feel more connected to your school.
So, we’ve learned that the right SIS can:
- Better communications
- Maximize time and money
- Improve the parent experience
- Increase transparency for parents, families, students, and school administrators
- Fulfill data insights schoolwide
These are just some of the tools your school needs to increase productivity and consolidate disconnected systems at a time when it’s needed the most. Download our e-book to learn more about the steps your school can take to implement more efficient processes, allowing you to work smarter, not harder in 2021.
Reach out for a personalized, one-on-one demo of Community Brands’ flagship student information system Educate, to see how we can help your school today!