Welcome to Classlist! Here is a quick run through of each feature within Classlist, with links to provide more information if you need it.
The Parent Board (home page) and the navigation bar
The Parent Board will be the main screen you see when you log into Classlist. On the Parent Board you can create posts, which can be directed at a selected group or posted for the whole school to see and can incorporate images as well as text. The blue bar at the top of the screen allows you to navigate around Classlist, using the tab headings to find the section or feature you need. It can look slightly different depending on your screen size (or if you are using Classlist on a mobile). On a bigger screen, it will look like the image below.
On smaller screens and mobile phones the navigation bar is replaced by icons as shown in the image below. At the bottom right of the screen the main menu icon allows access to all the features, while the house icon on the bottom left is a shortcut to the Parent Board where you can post, and the plus icon in the middle is a shortcut to features where you want to create content such as Events, Marketplace etc.
The Classlists page
The Classlists page shows you a list of the parents whose children are in the same year or class grouping as your children. There is a drop down box which allows you to refine your list if you only want to see parents in a specific class (see image below) and a search function if you are looking for an individual parent. Under the parent's name you can also see their children's names. If you click on the parent you will be shown contact details if the parent has chosen to share them, and which class/es their children are in. You are only able to see parents you are grouped with; these groupings depend on how your school structure is set up by your school's Ambassador (lead administrator).
To send a parent a private message just click the message icon on the right hand side.
Classlist takes your security very seriously: you can choose to hide your contact details from other parents if you want.
Other ways of communicating: Private Messaging, Groups and Announcements
You can send private messages to individual parents, rather than as a public post, through the messages page. The page will also store your previous conversations so that you can re-read them at any time you need. You can use the messaging feature to create group conversations if you wish. While the Classlists page only shows you the parents you are grouped with, you can private message any parent in the school but you will not be abe to see their contact details yourself unless they are in one of your class/year groups and they have shared their details with the class/year.
Every user of Classlist is automatically sorted into school groups based on the class/year their children belong. Additional parent groups can also be created manually, according to specific interests, eg parents with children in the same sports team or extra-curricular club, or parent social groups like dog walkers or book clubs. You can use the groups page to post directly to a group, though this can also be done from the Parent Board.
Announcements are a special type of post that can be sent out by administrative users. They can be sent to the whole school or selected groups, classes or years. Announcements can contain a file attachment, making them a perfect platform for important messages. Announcements can also be emailed to the address you signed up for Classlist with.
The My School page provides useful inormation about the school such as the address, website and phone number, and shows you who your admin representatives are on Classlist as well as your school's key parent representatives - usually the PTA or Friends committee.
The events page displays a list of all the events that you have been invited to, as well as events that you have created. To create an event, simply click on the 'Create Event' button and follow the on-screen instructions. Events can be ticketed, and even paid for via Classlist through PayPal.
For detailed information on events, please click here.
The Marketplace works like the personal ads or listings column in a newspaper. Classlist users can buy and sell things like second-hand bikes or school uniform, post notices about lost and found items, or request informal services such as occasional babysitting etc. It must not be used for advertising businesses or commercial services.
Marketplace posts are only sent out to parents once a week, although they are visible on the Marketplace page as soon as you post them. This is to prevent email overload!
The Parent Map
The Parent Map operates as an 'opt in' feature: only parents who have chosen to share their details can use the system. When you open the page, if you have opted in you will appear as a marker on a map, you can then click on other markers to obtain the contact details of those parents or send them a private message. This feature is ideal for creating lift-shares or even making a walking bus. Remember it is your responsibility to decide if it is safe to entrust your child to another parent's care.
Your profile was briefly mentioned earlier; it is here that all your personal information is stored. You can edit this at any time to share/hide contact information, change family and child details, and change how you receive notifications.
Your profile is broken down into a number of areas:
Whenever you change any details in your profile, remember to hit save - the button can be easy to overlook at the bottom of the page!
This section also allows you to change your password: make sure you have typed the new password correctly twice and note that all passwords are case sensitive.