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Top 10 Safety and Legal Issues in High School Athletics

Clay Burnett

As an athletic director, you’re tasked with doing everything you can to ensure an optimal athletics experience for all students, parents, coaches, and members of the community. To do that, you need to keep safety and legal issues in high school athletics top of mind. Mitigating risk, ensuring compliance, and preventing negligence are all important pieces of AD job descriptions today. This is in large part because districts across the country face increasing regulations and we live in an increasingly litigious society.

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Schools use FinalForms to send 4.5M emails in March

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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

Clay Burnett

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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Enrollment Redefined: More Time Saving, Less Time Wasting

Clay Burnett

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

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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 Ways to Improve the Student Enrollment Process for Parents

Clay Burnett

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

Clay Burnett

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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