Making meaningful parental contact is easy with SchoolStatus. Users can call parents in three ways; on the web with your computer, on the web from your cell phone, or from our SchoolStatus App for Apple or Google.
Why use SchoolStatus for calling?
So many good reasons! One great reason is privacy: the personal phone number of the Educator/caller is always kept private. Also, all calls made in SchoolStatus are automatically logged and recorded to help protect teachers, parents, and students.
The phone number that calls the parent will be one provisioned by SchoolStatus at the time the call is initially placed. When the parent replies, every call (or text) thereafter to the same parent contact will come from the same number (meaning it's sticky to that pair).
- Teacher A calls Parent A. A unique phone number is generated and assigned to this pair (Teacher A/Parent A). Every time these two people communicate, the same number will be used.
- Teacher A calls or texts Parent B. A unique phone number is also generated for this pair (Teacher A/Parent B). Now, every time these two people communicate, the same number will be used.
This holds true as long as the parent's contact number stays the same. When a new parent number is used (for example, say Parent A got a new number), a new number is generated the next time Teacher A calls Parent A. Takeaway: Parent A can save the number that Teacher A calls or texts from as 'Teacher A' in his or her phone and continue to use it all year. Most importantly, the Educator’s phone number will remain private.
The number that calls the parent will be the same on calls placed using any method- from the computer, cell phone via the computer, or the SchoolStatus App. Parents will hear a message to inform them that the phone call is being recorded before being connected to Educator.
Placing Calls from the Web Platform
- Web calls from your computer will essentially turn your computer into a speakerphone, so you will need a computer that has a microphone and speakers. Many classroom desktops lack a microphone, but most laptops (and Chromebooks) have them built in.
- Web calls from your cell phone mean that you'll select the option for your computer to dial your cell phone first, and the platform will dial the parent; this will set up a three-way phone call to the parents that comes from the masked number, keeping your number private.
Calling from your SchoolStatus web account
To start, log into SchoolStatus and go to the Student Card of the student that needs to be called.
Click on Contacts.
Then choose the contact you want to call and click their green phone icon.
You will be presented with two choices; Call Using My Computer (Free) and Call Using My Cell Phone.
Which one do I choose?
- Call Using My Computer (Free) will require access to your computer’s microphone and speakers. (Tip: an easy work around if you are missing one (or both) is plugging headphones with a microphone on the cable into your headphone jack.)
- Calling Using My Cell Phone will use cell phone minutes. (Users with “Unlimited Calling” cell phone plans would not incur additional charges.) SchoolStatus does not charge for these calls, but your cell phone provider may charge you "minutes" if your plan is not unlimited.
Either way, the call will connect, record, and log automatically. You will also be able to use green tools bar at the bottom of the screen to take notes on the call, use a dial pad, mute the call, or hang up by clicking on "End Call"
Call Using My Cell Phone: Verifying your number
Using the 'Call Using My Cell Phone' option requires that you verify your cell phone number. This is a one-time text verification, giving us permission to link your cell phone number to your SchoolStatus account. (We will never share this number or use it for marketing purposes.)
To verify your number, log in to SchoolStatus account on the web, and then click on Settings in the top right corner of the screen.
On the Settings page, enter your cell phone number and click Verify; then click Update in the bottom right corner to save the number on the page. You will receive a text message to confirm your cell phone number (reply with a Y) and you'll see the "Verify" button change to a check mark. (Note: Repeat this verification if you change your cell phone number.)
Call Using My Cell Phone: More information
Click Call Using My Cell Phone then click Proceed. (Tip: Have your cell phone nearby- it's about to ring!)
Call Using My Cell Phone will prompt SchoolStatus to dial your cell phone first. When you answer, you'll hear more ringing on the line- that's us, dialing the parent for you.
Placing Calls using the SchoolStatus Mobile App
Launch the app for the first time, and log in with your school email address and password. This is the same information you use when you log in to the SchoolStatus website.
The app will prompt you to set a 4 digit pin code, so that you will not have to log in with your email address every time you want to make a call. If you have an iPhone, you can use TouchID or Face ID to login.
Once the app has launched, type in the name of a student or parent to search.
Tap on the student’s name to bring up the contact list for that student.
Click on the contact you want to call and you will see your communication history with that parent.
Tap the Call icon at the top of the screen (or the Message icon (to send a text) to be connected to that parent. To hang up, tap the red "End Call" icon when you're finished.
YOU DID IT! Now that you're a SchoolStatus Calling expert, take some time to explore the Student Card!