Welcome to Classlist! Below is a quick run through of the main features you will want to use straight away, with links to provide more information if you need it. Classlist is super-flexible, allowing you to talk with other parents in ways that are relevant for you, without either blanketing everyone in the school with mass communication or inadvertently excluding people. Click here to find out how.
The Parent Board (main feed) and navigation around the site
The Parent Board will be the first screen you see when you log into Classlist. On the Parent Board you can create posts, which should usually be sent to one of your specific groups, but can be posted to 'whole school' if you need to say something which is relevant for the entire school. By default, whole school posts do not generate an immediate email notification but are grouped into a weekly Digest email.
Posts can include images as well as text and you can choose who will see them using a drop down filter.
On a desktop (or tablet in landscape) the navigation side bar on the left displays icons which you can click on to move between the features and sections on your Classlist site (see image below). It mirrors the icons used on the mobile app. When you move from one section to another you will notice that the icon for your current location will be highlighted in a darker blue, so you can always check where you are by glancing at the side bar. Clicking on the Help and Training icon will take you to the article in the Help pages which corresponds to the feature you are currently using.
On smaller screens and mobile phones there are shortcuts to popular features displayed at the bottom of the screen, with more options to discover in the More menu, including your Profile.
Shortcuts from left to right along the bottom of your mobile screen: Parent Board (home page), Contacts, Create (anything from a 'for sale' advert to an event), Messages and More
The Contacts page
The Contacts page is crucial to your whole experience of using the system. It can show you a personalised list of those parents whose children are in the same year or class grouping as your children. Each parent will therefore see a different list of names, according to which class and year groups their children are placed in. You can message anyone in the school, even if they are not in one of your groups.
There is a drop down filter box which allows you to refine your list if you only want to see parents in one of your school groups (see image below) and a search function if you are looking for an individual parent (you can also search using the child's name). Under the parent's name you can also see their children's names. If you click on a parent's name you will be taken to their public profile, which displays their contact details (if they have shared them and if they are in the same group as you), and which class/es their children are in. You can use this page to send a private message or even call them directly if you are on a mobile and they have shared a phone number.
To send a parent a private message from here, just click the speech bubble icon on the right hand side.
You can also access the Parent Map here.
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 feature. The message summary 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 School page
The 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. It acts like a home page.
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.
The Marketplace and Business Directory
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!
Some schools will also have a Business Directory, identified in the navigation as 'Recommendations', where local businesses can be listed and recommended by parents.
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. You can access the Parent Map from the Contacts 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!
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.