The Groups system allows parents on Classlist to communicate with the right audience for each message or comment they want to share. Every parent on Classlist is capable of posting (and seeing posts made by other people) to the 'Whole School' Group, as well as their automatically assigned 'School Groups', based on which class and year their children are in. In addition parents may be members of parent-created groups covering specific areas of common interest (eg 'dog walkers', or 'hockey team parents'). Notice that every post shows which group it is addressed to, and that under the comment the grey text confirms who will be able to view the comment.
NB: By default, whole school posts are not emailed out to all members straight away, to avoid information overload! Members can go to their settings and opt in to receive whole school posts by email, but otherwise they are grouped and sent with the weekly digest. Parents can view a whole school post at any time by checking their notification area. If you need to send an urgent message to the whole school, you can ask an admin member to send an announcement for you.
Click on the Groups page in the navigation to view your list of groups. The school groups are listed first, with the school logo to help identify them. The whole school group has a purple background, class/year groups have a pale green background (see below). The school groups are populated automatically according to which class and year you allocated your child to when you registered. Groups created by parents have a yellow background and can be either open for anyone to join or closed. If a group is closed it simply means you need to send a request to join to the group creator.
Using this feature means you can post things which are only applicable to that particular group, without bothering the parents in the rest of the school (ie in the example below, Year 3 homework is only relevant to parents with children in Year 3). No more endless notifcations about stuff you are not interested in!
School Groups are automatically generated by Classlist and reflect your school's individual structure of Years and Classes. Each parent is automatically placed into their personal Year and Class groups based on which classes their children are in. Parents with multiple children will be in multiple School Groups. If you have an Admin status on Classlist you will also be automatically included in the 'Ambassadors and Reps' group.
These Groups are created by users rather than automaticaly generated. They can be either 'open', ie anyone can join, or 'closed', ie parents wanting to join have to be approved by the group's owner. Parents can create groups and add individual parents or classes. This allows parents to communicate around a shared interest even if their children are in different School Groups.
Closed Parent Groups may be created for an entire range of purposes, from a group consisting of PTA volunteers for a regular event, to the group of mums and dads belonging to a book club. If you wish to set up a parent group of your own, you can create one by clicking the 'Create Group' button.
The 'Discover' section at the bottom of the page displays all the parent groups which are available to join.
Visiting a group's page
You can visit any open parent group from the 'Groups' page by clicking on the group name. As with the Year 3 group example above, the group's home page shows you only the posts made to that group, rather than all posts. If you want to join a closed group, simply click on the group name and a box will pop up asking you to confirm you want to send a request to join. When the group owner has approved your request you will receive a notification letting you know.