Posts are the best way to contact a group of people. They work in the same way as posts to other social media platforms you might be familiar with; the Parent Board is the equivalent of the 'wall' or the main feed. Your post can be informative or just for fun, and you can select a particular group which you want to share your post with. In some schools you can create a post to the whole school (if this feature is enabled by your admin team - see below).
You can add photos, but not attachments at the moment. You can also include a hyperlink in your post by copy and pasting the url of the website you want to share. The link will become active when you publish the post.
There is a link to the Community Guidelines for all users underneath the box where you write your post, so everyone knows what's acceptable and what's not.
Posting a photo
Simply tap the 'photo' button/icon to be prompted to upload a photo. There's more advice about using photos here. If you are using a mobile device you can also take a photo and directly upload it. Remember not everyone wants images of their children to be shared, so please be sensitive.
NB: To post photos, Classlist needs permission to access your camera and picture files. However we do not gain access to your pictures at Classlist Central - this just enables your device to choose from your images.
Posting to a Group
On the Parent Board you can post to any Group you are in - e.g. your 'School Groups' (class/year groups) or the 'Parent Groups' you are a member of.
Posts to a Group will show on the Parent Board feed to all the members of that group. A notification will also be sent to the members of the group, if they have opted to receive notifications. Whole School posts is an optional feature which can be turned on or off by your admin team.
To address your post to the right group, simply select from the drop down/scroll list above the 'Type your post here' text box, next where it says 'Post to' and choose which class or group you want to share your post with. The classes and groups in the drop down are personalised so you will only be able to view and choose a group when you are a member of it. In the image below 'Year 2 Ms Jackson' is the group which has been selected. The number in brackets tells you how many parents are in that group (9), and therefore how many people will be able to view your post.
Posts have a character limit of 1500. If you have an admin account and want to post a longer message to a group, or to include an attachment, you should send an Announcement from the admin area.
Tip: if you have an admin account you can send an Announcement to any class, year or group, even if you do not have a child in that group. You need to be in the green Admin Mode to do this.
Whole school posts
From the end of October 2018 your Ambassadors will be able to choose whether to allow all members in your community to send posts to the whole school. Please read this article for more information.
If whole school posts are enabled on your community and you want to opt in to receive email alerts for whole school posts, go to your profile and adjust your notification settings.
Announcements as posts
PTA announcements appear as posts in your feed, as well as being emailed out to parents. You are free to comment on these posts; it can be a great way to generate a conversation!
Commenting on, liking and following posts
To comment on a post or an announcement, simply click in the text box underneath the post and enter your comment. The original creator of the post and any other commenters will get a notification that you have commented. You can also comment on events; the comments box appears at the bottom of the event page.
If you don't want to leave a comment but you enjoyed reading the post, or you want to be kept informed of any more activity on this post thread, you can tap the thumbs up icon below the post to 'like' it, or tap the star icon to follow it. The icons turn blue when activated. Tap again to unfollow or unlike.
If you want to reply to the person who posted, rather than adding a public comment, you can tap on the name or the photo of the post creator and it will take you to their contact page. From there you can create a private message.
Max has followed Felonius' post:
Once you have commented on, liked or followed a post you will be notified about any further responses to it by other parents, unless you have opted out of notifications.
NB: make sure your notifications settings and your like/follow do not cancel each other out! For instance if you have opted out of receiving all notifications, the 'follow post' function will not work. Notification settings override like and follow.
Deleting or editing your own post or comment
If you want to edit your post later, hover on the three grey dots at the side of your post. Select the Edit option, make your changes then tap 'Update'. You can also change the photo if you attached one in the original post, or add one now. To delete, select delete and confirm.
Felonius Gru wants to edit or delete his own post:
To delete a comment you have left on someone else's post, again tap the three grey dots next to your comment.
Max has commented on Felonius' post, but now wants to delete his comment: