When a Classlist administrator invites a parent to join their school's Classlist site using an email address, the invitee becomes a Non-Member contact, also sometimes known as an 'Invited Parent'. If the invited parent then follows the links in the invitation and signs up, he/she becomes a full member of Classlist. If not they can remain as a Non-Member contact. Non-Member contacts receive top level notifications via email (Announcements and Community Events), even if they have not signed up to Classlist.
This is intended to be a temporary status which is designed to ensure that important PTA communications are not missed, even if parents are a little slow to sign up. It also acts as a prompt to remind parents to sign up: supposing a Non-Member contact receives an email inviting them to the school Summer Fair or sees an Announcement about school funding, they might want to know more and therefore they click the link to sign up to Classlist, weeks or even months after their original invitation to join was sent!
If a Non-Member is assigned to a specific class/year during the invitation process, they will receive not only 'Whole School' Announcements, but also Announcements sent to their class/year. It is possible for a parent to be a Non-Member for more than one class/year. To do this the Class Admins for each class/year in which the Non-Member has children should send an invitation to join that specific class/year.
The system works in the same way as a mailing list so Non-Member parents can unsubscribe at any time. Other parents cannot see a Non-Member's details on their Classlist site, nor can they get in touch with Non-Members and vice versa. Only Admin users can see that a parent has been invited as a Non-Member.
Non-Members miss out on most of the benefits of Classlist so it is a good idea for Admin users to review their Non-Member contacts at least once a year and consider re-sending an invitation to join or deleting email addresses for people who have never signed up. If a parent has specifically requested to remain a Non-Member it is definitely worth making sure they have been invited to join the correct class/year group.
NB: if a Non-Member has selected the 'opt out of all your school's Classlist community email' link to unsubscribe from Classlist mailings, they will appear as an unsubscribed Invited Parent on the Add and Invite page in the Admin portal (see below). If an Admin member re-sends an invitation to the unsubscribed parent, it will not be delivered.
The system will remember that the email account was unsubscribed, even if the 'Invited Parent (unsubscribed)' account is deleted from the list of non members. This means that if the parent later changes his/her mind and wants to join using the same unsubscribed email account, an Admin member will need to contact Classlist Central to get the account taken off the unsubscribed list.
For more information on inviting parents, click here.