This week Parent Booker launched a new feature letting schools inform parents about positions.
Until now when a volunteer event was created a date and time had to be specified. With Parent Booker’s new positions feature schools can inform parents that they have positions that they need to fill that are not date or time specific:
Setting up a position in Parent Booker
To set up a position you must be an admin or a volunteer coordinator.
go to volunteer opportunities
create an opportunity as you normally would but for the type choose position
On the next screen prompting you to enter tasks or roles you can specify a date. The positions will be available for sign up until this date. Then you can enter tasks without specifying dates or times.
Users can sign up for positions on the website, or using the iPhone and Android mobile apps.
Using Positions for Bringing Items to Events
If you have an event where you need people to sign up to bring items – such as cookies, cakes or lemonade – then positions lets you create a roster prompting users what they need to bring
A number of new enhancements have been made to Parent Booker for the 2014/2015 school year:
Android is here!
Parents can now access Parent Booker via an Android application (in addition to the iPhone and iPad application)
Assigning Tasks Notifies Both Parents
When a coordinator or admin assigns a family to a task both emails registered to the family will be notified (not just one)
Importing Calendars into Apple iCal and Yahoo Calendar
The import calendar into Apple iCal and Yahoo Calendar function has been updated so that all school holidays now appear (not just opportunities for which you’ve signed up)
End of Year Reset Tools
New end of year reset tools have been implemented that make it even easier to reset service hours, volunteer tasks and to update student’s classes at the end of the school year
Parent Booker welcomes all of the new schools that have signed up to trial or use Parent Booker for the coming school year.
This means that schools can offer an app, branded to their school, letting parents browse and sign up for any kind of events such as:
- yard duty
- classroom helper
- auction volunteer
- pick up or drop off monitor
Once logged in the app is completely branded to the school…
Parents can browse and sign up for volunteer duty with just one click…
And they can enter their service hours into the system the moment they do it on their iPhone (or iPad)…
Leagues of school principals, teachers, and parents are on the fence about the background checks and screening policies being mandated by school districts and state laws. Many find themselves asking, “is it worth it?” while others stringently demand such practices, alienating parents and reducing peripheral involvement in the process. Our children deserve to be protected by the potential threat of “wolves in volunteers’ clothing,” but it is of cardinal importance that the parents who genuinely want to be engaged in the development of their child’s success aren’t deterred by confusing rules, wasted resources, and lack of support from the education system itself. Parents are of paramount importance in any student’s life, and they need to be informed and encouraged to participate. Here are three great ways that schools can implement parent volunteer background checks, without reducing the number of sign ups Read More…