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How ClassTag Can Help You Reach Every Family

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By SchoolStatus 4 min

Direct Family involvement has always mattered, but the added challenges of COVID-19 have made Family participation the cornerstone of student success. Family engagement and participation are top indicators of student achievement, so how do we reach every Family no matter how their students learn?

The answer is ClassTag. No matter how students learn and how busy parents are, ClassTag will help you reach them.

What is ClassTag?

We set out to create a free Family-teacher communication app that works! ClassTag connects teachers and families with one easy-to-use platform for all their communication needs. No matter how students learn, we are here for you through it all!

How can I Reach Families Where they Are?

With the diverse needs of families, finding a communication platform that works and is accessible to EVERY Family can be a challenge. With ClassTag, parents can communicate in over 100+ languages without downloading the app and pick their preferred communication channel. Let’s dive in!

Reach Families, With or Without the App!

Getting parents to start a new platform can be a challenge in itself. But with ClassTag, parents who don’t download the app will still receive your communications. Teachers can invite parents with an email address, telephone number or even paper printouts, and they will start receiving messages as soon as their contact information is loaded into ClassTag.

Families Pick The Communication Channel that Works for THEM

Not all parents and families have access to computers or smartphones. Getting in touch with parents in the way that works for them, whether by ,” email, text, web, mobile app or even paper, ensures parents are included in the loop. Families on ClassTag can choose what communication channel works best for them, making it even easier to get in touch.

Families can be reached in the following ways on ClassTag:

  • Phone app
  • SMS Text messages
  • Desktop
  • Email
  • Paper

Reach Families Who Speak Other Languages

ELL families often need help getting started with a new platform or app. Automatic translation can remove the language barrier and help families have a positive setup experience. Once it is set up, any message you send will translate into the native language of your parents, saving you time and keeping them communicating.

ClassTag also auto-translates into over 150 languages, helping parents stay connected in their home language.

We also want to support you and your Spanish-speaking parents in getting started on ClassTag. To do this, we have created a few guides to help them get set up and use ClassTag without you having to translate a thing!

How Can I Identify and Support Hard to Reach Families?

Identify and Reach Families Not Reading Communication

It is hard to know if notes, texts and emails sent home are read or if they end up in the trash (virtual or actual). With ClassTag’s read receipts, you can see exactly who is and isn’t getting your communications. Knowing where to start saves valuable time and provides a sense of accountability.

Another issue you may encounter is parents who change their contact information or give incomplete contact information. ClassTag’s directory is smart and will let you know if parents aren’t receiving communications because their contact information is invalid. That actionable information makes it easier to triage what parents need additional support.

Identify Hard-to-Reach Families Using Built-In Data

Tracking who attended what event or conference and answered the latest communication can take time and effort. Having usable and actionable built-in data that help you assess who is and isn’t participating and engaging can be valuable. ClassTag collects Family participation and communication data to give you a snapshot of which families may need more attention and care. 


Want to reach EVERY Family?

Join ClassTag: an all-in-one, FREE Family-teacher communication app that works!

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SchoolStatus is a unified K-12 platform that enables districts and schools to engage more families and improve attendance with our easy-to-use communications hub and data-driven attendance solutions. We support an integrated and impactful educational experience, from district leadership to families at home. With more than two hundred million successful school-home interactions, and millions of users, SchoolStatus drives meaningful results for districts and schools across the US.
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