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How to Host a Perfect Back-To-School Night for Families

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By SchoolStatus 4 min

We know the start of the school year can be such a stressful time for teachers, especially with all the uncertainty of going back-to-school this year. Whether you are going back face-to-face, remotely or a little bit of both, we’re here to help you go #BacktoSchoolStrong. 

Ease into your new school year by connecting with your families. Back-To-School Night is the first step into a year-long relationship you are going to have with the families of your children, and connecting with ClassTag on night one will help you put your best foot forward.

Follow along and learn how ClassTag can help you host the perfect back-to-school night while reaching and connecting with EVERY Family!

Pre-load Content to Keep Families Engaged

Families need to see that you are committed to communication. Before you connect your families, load the content they want to see! 

Create a welcome message, letting them know what to expect this year. We have some handy resources to make this step super easy, while informing your families on what to expect (even if you’re going back virtually)! This is also a great time to setup your annual calendar of events. 


  • Welcome Announcement
  • Tips for Families to Get Started with ClassTag and e-Learning

PRO-TIP: Create a welcome video introducing yourself and letting families know what to expect. Upload to ClassTag so families get to know you as soon as they sign in! 

Meet Families Where They Are

One of the many great things about communicating with families on ClassTag is that they can choose how they receive their content, so show them that! Meet them where they are no matter how you go back to school!

Face-to-Face Back to School Night

Print off your Family codes and have them ready. When families enter your classroom, let them use their device to download ClassTag and get them connected right there. Show families how to check ClassTag announcements through the site, email, texts, or push notifications. Families will be more eager to interact with the system if it’s on their terms, so show them how to make their ClassTag unique to the needs of their family.

We have some handy “shareables” to make this super easy:

Remote Back-to-School Night

While hosting a back-to-school night virtually may not feel the same, it can still be fun! You’ll have to meet families where they are and get them familiar with ClassTag from the onset. A great way to do this is to create an announcement with this video, and pin it to the top of the feed:

Host a Back-to-School Night ClassTag Tutorial

Trying to greet everyone as they visit your room or conference and instruct them on how to use the platform can be overwhelming. If your schedule allows, designate a time during Back-To-School Night for a ClassTag tutorial.

To make it easy, we have a presentation to help save time:

  • “Back to School Night” Presentations

If you don’t have time for a long presentation, no worries! Here’s a quick 2-minute video to get families started:

PRO-TIP: This quick demo is a perfect way to quickly introduce families to ClassTag, even if they are going back remotely. For families who prefer step by step instructions here is a help page that lets families know what they can see or do on ClassTag!

Keep Families Engaged After Back-to-School Night

To truly make ClassTag successful, don’t end your Back-To-School Night as your families walk out the door. Follow up with your newly-connected families through a private, personalized message. In your chat window, thank them for attending and attach a photo from the night with their child. When you get the kids excited about ClassTag, it will motivate your families to stay involved as well.

PRO-TIP: You can see what families have or have not connected to your classroom. Follow up with families who haven’t connected a few days after Back-to-school Night. Learn more ways you can introduce ClassTag to families to ensure you have 100% of families onboard!

It’s easy to be swept away in the start of the new school year. We’re here to help you go #BacktoSchoolStrong, no matter what the school year brings!

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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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