Classlist is created by parents for parents – and can be set up without any input from your school.
Building a vibrant community is a priority for many schools, however, so most of the schools where Classlist has already been set up do actively encourage parents to use the site. Schools also see the practical advantages of Classlist for initiatives such as the Parent Map which helps parents arrange lift shares, or the Events feature which allows them to organise fundraising events. Often the Head or other senior staff member is happy to send a message directly to parents or to publicise Classlist in the school newsletter.
If your school prefers to be less involved you can still go ahead using the site purely as a parent-parent communication platform, but you should inform the school about what you are doing. Occasionally a school may have had a bad experience with social media, and you can reassure them Classlist is different!
In general schools are very supportive on specific issues, such as validation of parent details so that you can check if a parent applying to join really has a child on the school roll. We advise you to identify a suitable member of school staff who can help with setting up the school structure and validating parents, for instance a member of the administrative staff.
It is also possible for single classes or year groups to sign up to Classlist without the participation of the whole school.
In these cases, we often see other classes or year groups rapidly realising how useful Classlist is and adopting it themselves.
Classlist works closely with Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), helping them to communicate with their parent community more effectively, and therefore making fundraising and event management much easier.