Classlist offers an 'opt-in' service known as the Parent Map, accessed via your Contacts page. This feature allows you to locate and identify nearby parents who might be interested in sharing the school run or lifts to parties, extra-curricular clubs etc. This doesn't always have to involve cars, and can be just as useful for cycling, bussing or even walking to school. This feature will allow you to save time and money whilst also helping the environment and providing a great opportunity to socialise!
You can opt-in during account creation, or alternatively visit your profile later to add your address and tick the box that says 'Opt in for the Parent Map'.
Please Note: When you 'opt-in' for the Parent Map, your marker will be visible only to those parents who have ALSO opted into the system. No-one will be able to remain 'hidden' whilst being able to see another parents marker.
Once you have opted in, you can view a map centred on your school. The thumbnail photos show the approximate location of other parents in your school, across all year groups. If a member hasn't uploaded a photo of themselves on their profile, the map will display a coloured marker with the parent's initials. Simply click on a thumbnail or marker to bring up the name of the parent, and then tap their name to access the public profile of that parent. From here, you can send them a private message to discuss a potential lift share.
A view of the parent map (not a real school or real parent addresses!):
For more information, or for more specific advice, please see our Parent Map Safety Tips. If you have any further queries, you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by clicking on the pink help symbol.
Also check out our blog post on the benefits of car sharing.