School staff are part of the school community and you may want to add them to your Classlist site. Some schools are also using Classlist for school-parent as well as parent-parent and PTA-parent communication.
There are two ways to add a member of school staff to Classlist. One method gives a member of staff access to the admin side of Classlist, but not to the parent side. The other gives staff access to the parent side, but please note this means parents will be able to contact staff via Classlist. At the moment there is no self-registration process for staff.
Method 1 - Staff Admin only
The School Staff Admin role is designed for a member of staff to help do approvals and set up the school structure. Staff Admins can also send announcements and create community events, but they can't access the parent side of Classlist.
Some schools appoint class teachers as Staff Admins to allow them to send announcements and events to their class. Staff Admins can see and reply to public comments on their announcements and events, but because they cannot access the parent part of Classlist, parent members cannot initiate contact with them individually, and vice versa.
To invite a member of school staff, go to the 'School and Admin Profile' page in the green Admin Mode, find the Staff Admin section and tap the pink 'add' button.
This will bring up a dialogue box where you can enter the staff member's name and a label (eg School Secretary) and their email address. The staff member will immediately appear on the School and Admin Profile page, but will be labelled pending until he/she accepts your invitation to join the site. Parent members do not see contact details of Staff Admins.
The invitation email they will receive looks like this:
Please note that approval email notifications cannot be turned off; if members of staff who are on your site as Staff Admins do not wish to deal with approvals you will need ask them simply to ignore approvals emails. After the initial mass join-up phase there shouldn't be too much extra email traffic from approvals, but it is possible that for instance a headteacher may not want to have a Staff Admin status as a result.
Method 2 - 'Parent' account for teachers who want to communicate directly with parents or with each other, or take part in groups
This method allows teachers to join Classlist using a parent account. An Ambassador needs to create a 'School Staff' year group on the 'School Structure' page in the green Admin Mode, then invite teachers to join it via the 'Add and Invite' page while still in the Admin Mode. Each teacher will then need to pretend to have a pupil at the school whom they assign to the School Staff year group. They can use a name like 'Staff Pupil' for the fake pupil to make it extra clear that it is not a real pupil. They can use this Staff year group to communicate easily with other staff in the 'Staff group', and see and post whole school content on the Parent Board.
We don't recommend teachers join their own class group on their parent side of Classlist, as they will receive all communications between parents, including those 'end of year collection for the teacher' and 'what are this week's spellings?' posts. Classlist is designed for parents to reply and help each other. If the teacher is part of the class group the parents may expect them to reply, even outside school hours, which is obviously not ideal for anyone!
Instead you can give Staff members with 'parent' accounts a Community Rep admin status if you want them to be able to send announcements to their class without being in the group. (Or Staff Admin status, as above).
Important: enabling staff to join Classlist using a parent account means that staff can be contacted by parents by private message out of school hours or in the holidays. You can request parents not to do this, but Staff and parent Admins should be aware that Classlist cannot prevent this happening.