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Schools use FinalForms to send 4.5M emails in March

By FinalForms Media on Apr 3, 2020 7:15:00 AM

While your staffers may think "forms" when they hear FinalForms, our stats tell us there is an even more popular use for our online registration system: email communication. Staying connected with staff, parents, and students can be an uphill battle. However, in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, email communication is a critical lifeline. Staffers relied on FinalForms' uninterrupted, zero-delay service to send 4.5 million emails last month. 

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12 Actionable Parent Engagement Strategies for Your K–12 District

By Clay Burnett on Mar 10, 2020 2:15:00 AM

Parent involvement plays a crucial role in a child’s education. In fact, studies have found that parent involvement is the best predictor of student success.

As a superintendent, your job is to create an educational environment that helps students reach their full academic potential. One effective way to do that is by enacting parent engagement strategies that encourage parents to get involved in the educational experience.

But many parents are busy, and there are only so many hours in the day. To make parent engagement more attainable for your district—and create a better learning environment with stronger educational outcomes—use these 12 parent engagement strategies:

  1. Move to Online Forms
  2. Use a Platform Like FinalForms
  3. Institute a Parent Engagement Program
  4. Host Parent-Teacher Conferences
  5. Schedule Events and Assemblies for Parents
  6. Encourage Parents to Participate in Activities
  7. Offer Parent-Focused Classes
  8. Ask Parents to Give Feedback and Share Ideas
  9. Communicate Regularly
  10. Publish Helpful Content on Social Channels
  11. Create an Online Community
  12. Offer Guidance for Failing Students
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School District Liability in 2020: What Every Superintendent Should Prepare For

By FinalForms Media on Mar 3, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Superintendents are focused on education and keeping students safe. 

Topics: Legal
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Enrollment Redefined: More Time Saving, Less Time Wasting

By Clay Burnett on Feb 28, 2020 4:57:14 PM

Our team is proud to announce that we've completely revamped our new student enrollment features.

Based on first-hand interaction with customers, we've confirmed that managing new student enrollment is one of the most critical, and potentially stressful, jobs in the school district.

While FinalForms streamlines the parent experience, especially for those with many children, there is a lot more work to do for administrators. The central office staff may need to review student information and decide whether to enroll the student, while building staff must ensure specific student information gets to the right reports and the right hands at the right time. Collecting the right information, determining enrollment statuses, and pleasing time-crunched parents can really create nightmares for your most valuable staffers. Don't worry, we're here to help!

The "Why" Behind the Update...

We listened to your feedback and guidance. Thanks to your insight, we added features and options that truly help your administration save time and eliminate hundreds of headaches and phone calls. 

For your staff:

  1. Approve enrollments before they are included in your student database
  2. Customize enrollment statuses such as JVS, N, R, O, etc. 
  3. Review RCards with critical enrollment information such as IEPs, District of Residence, and more
  4. Track enrollment history throughout a student's time at your district
  5. View enrollment statuses to be relative to specific school years
  6. Configure school choice options 
  7. Start services immediately for students requiring attention at kindergarten screening

For your parents:

  1. Reduced workload first-time applicant parents
  2. Upload required documentation

Intro to Enrollment Records

Many administrators use our academic, athletic, and medical screens to use lists, statuses, and email options. Now, we've added an additional 'enrollment' screen allowing your registrars to view lists, review forms, email parents, and enroll students. Beyond that, administrators may modify enrollment statuses when it's necessary to withdraw, transfer, or archive a student.

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7 Steps to Simplify Online School Registration

By FinalForms Media on Feb 25, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Many districts have the same problems with school registration—even though it’s one of the most critical processes for every school. Getting students to fill out forms is only half the battle. Even if everyone fills their forms out quickly, you often have to manually enter them into a student information system. This isn’t exactly the most efficient and exciting process. Plus, it lends itself to human error. 

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7 Things Your Online School Forms Provider MUST Do

By Clay Burnett on Feb 19, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Partnering with the right online school forms provider can transform your district, bringing more efficiency to your processes while making it easier to achieve 100 percent form compliance and reduce liabilities.

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7 Ways to Improve the Student Enrollment Process for Parents

By Clay Burnett on Feb 13, 2020 8:06:54 PM

Traditionally, the student enrollment process has frustrated parents—particularly if they have several kids.

Parents must fill out a seemingly never-ending pile of forms and jump through hoops just to enroll their kids in school, ensure they’re eligible to play sports, and give them permission to leave school grounds on field trips, among other things. 

Some of these forms are time-sensitive which presents another challenge. Fingers crossed that the parent knows that the relevant form is required and turns it in on time, otherwise their child might not be eligible to participate in a certain program or—even worse for the district—the child goes on a school trip and the parents have no idea where their child is.

Activities that require payments can be especially tricky. Parents often have to trust their kids to keep track of paper checks and hand them in to the appropriate school administrator, which can be a tall order.

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Top 7 Questions Athletic Directors Should Ask When Choosing Software

By Clay Burnett on Feb 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM

You’ve decided to invest in athletic director software, but you know you can’t just buy any old solution and expect incredible results. As with anything else, you need to do your due diligence and research your options in order to pinpoint a vendor that meets your criteria and needs most effectively.

As you begin your search for the best athletic director software, here are seven questions you should ask to narrow down your options.

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FinalForms offers New Version of the Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE): 2020-21

By Clay Burnett on Feb 5, 2020 11:56:38 AM

FinalForms is proud to offer the new version of the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) 2020-21 to our Ohio and Indiana customers.

Is your state athletic association updating PPE requirements? Contact us and we'll help you achieve 100% compliance.

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7 Reasons to Move from Paper to Online School Forms Now

By Clay Burnett on Feb 4, 2020 6:30:00 AM

In our smartphone-powered world, many schools are still relying on an abundance of paper forms to manage their operations. Paper forms may get the job done, but they create inefficiencies, aren’t convenient, and can get misplaced, lost, or stolen.

Online school forms are the better way forward. Not only do they meet parent, student, and staff expectations, but they also deliver a tremendous number of benefits.

Need some more convincing? Let’s take a look at seven reasons to move from paper to online school forms today.

Topics: student data
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