Here are the complete steps to create Broadcasts messages the right way!
Go immediately to your Settings:
- Ignore your Password reset option (unless, of course, you want to change your password.)
- Enter your mobile phone number, so you can retrieve your password later by text or call students' contacts using SchoolStatus. (We will never use or share your phone number, for any reason.)
- Mark your SMS notifications to “ON”
- Mark Allow Incoming Calls
- Add New Time Slots for when you are open to receiving calls from parents.
- And remember... click UPDATE or it didn’t happen!
Preferred Contacts: Select which parents will receive your Broadcast messages
Now, mark your Preferred Contacts for your students. You only have to do this once, and other teachers can help. Here’s a handy guide! Preferred Contact Management
Send a Broadcast Message to All Parents (using Classes)
I recommend using this message, or something like it, for your very first Broadcast message:
"This is Mr/Ms X, your child’s teacher. Please reply Y and save me as a contact, so that you will know it is me when I contact you." (Even if you had planned on making phone calls to parents, sending this Broadcast message first is a good idea.)
Attachments: you can attach a .jpg or a .png document- that's a photo or a screenshot ONLY! If you want to send a link to a .pdf, a video, etc., you can include a link in your message. To shorten it, use a service like tinyurl.com!
- We mask your personal number with a random available number.
- When the parent replies to you, that locks in your number for them, so they will always see you calling from the same number.
- When they save you as a contact, they are more likely to answer your calls.
Want to send Broadcast messages to a select group of parents, like those who are Spanish-speaking?
Check out this article about creating groups of students you can see.
Or watch Jay's how-to video about Broadcast Messaging here.