SMS for Schools and Education

Text Messaging for Schools and Education

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Text Message Communications for Schools and Educational Institutions

Whether you run a primary school, secondary school, tertiary institution, learning centre or training/education facility, you know that keeping all parties in the loop can be tricky. Sometimes plans change and people need to be informed. Automate some or all of your usual communications through SMS text messaging and reallocate your admin time to do the fun stuff - teaching!

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School administration can be streamlined and improved immeasurably through enhanced communications and software integrations. Almost everyone has a mobile phone, and even the most basic mobile phones have the capacity to both send and receive SMS text messages.

Using SMS for administration in education is the most appropriate and convenient way to communicate with the school or other educational institution's community: parents, teachers, students, and other staff.

SMS for Teachers, Schools and Communities

No matter the type of educational institution, you can use SMS text messaging to keep all parties informed of developments or last minute changes. Education text messaging can be applied to preschools, primary and secondary schools, universities, TAFE colleges, learning centres, community colleges, and other training and educational facilities.

Text Messaging for Schools

Absenteeism alerts: promptly alert parents or guardians to a child's absence. The parent can either respond via text to explain the absence, or is alerted to truancy on their child's part. These alerts can link back to your attendance tracking software through integration.

  • Monitor student welfare

  • Communicate wet weather plans to parents on excursion or carnival days

  • Remind parents of student free days, Book Week dress ups, uniform-free days, etc

  • Provide excursion updates

  • Reminders for sporting carnivals and events

  • Coordinate parent volunteers

  • Send enrolment information

  • Send payment reminders

  • Provide updates on student performance and progress

  • Notify of parent teacher events

Primary School SMS Example - Sports Carnival

Bonus: does your school use a parent teacher interview scheduling tool? If you schedule through, ScheduleOnce or similar software, you can create no-code integrations with ClickSend to automate your confirmation SMS when interviews are booked. Take the automations further and reduce the risk of no-shows by sending SMS reminders on the day, with the time of the interview and how to find the correct room or a video conference link.

University SMS Example - Room Change

Text Messaging for Tertiary Institutions

If you work for a university, TAFE, community college or trade school, create a two-way communication channel with your students with SMS messaging for tertiary institutions. Use text messaging to keep students informed of:

  • Encourage happy customers to leave reviews on social media or online

  • Send SMS to service personnel to direct them to jobs

  • Advise customers of pending service arrival or deliveries

  • Send payment reminders

  • Advise order cancellations for non-payment

  • Thank customers for their patronage

  • Encourage customer feedback

Through the use of text messaging you know that the message will reach on time every time.

Why Use SMS to Communicate in Your Educational Institution

With the convenience, reach, open rate of SMS being second to none, you know you can rely on texts to get your message across. Send bulk SMS and communicate with large groups instantaneously, resulting in:

  • More engagement with parents

  • Improved student punctuality/attendance

  • Decrease in time spent on admin

SMS In Education

With SMS education solutions, messaging both one and two ways is facilitated; up to ten thousand individuals can be reached within seconds, and the solution is web-based, making it easy to use without the need to install any software. It is easy to use and extremely convenient for all parties. Take your educational facility's communication to the next level with an SMS messaging service and attendance tracking software.

Useful Education and School Text Message Templates

Simplify your educational institution's messaging with the following templates.

Text Message Updates for Absenteeism

Hi {parent name}, just a quick notification that {child} is absent from school this morning. If you are aware of this, please reply YES. For more information about attendance levels please go to {link}. {School}.

SMS for Scheduling Parent-Teacher Interviews

Hi {parent}, parent-teacher interviews will be held on {date}. If you would like to book a time with me, please see my calendar here {link} and choose your preferred time. Book quickly, as some time slots are very popular. Kind regards, {teacher}.

SMS School/University Term Reminders

Hi {name}, just a quick reminder that this term concludes on {date}. Next term will commence on {date}. We hope that you enjoy your holidays and look forward to seeing you fresh for the new term. {Institution}.

Text Message Tuition Fee Reminders

Hi {name}, we hope you are enjoying your studies so far this year. Just a gentle reminder that term tuition fees are due on {date}. If you need assistance with making payments please reply HELP and someone will be in contact with you. {Institution}.

Text Message Notifications for School Events

Hi {parent name}, on {date} we will be holding a school {event}. The cost of this event is {amount}. If you give your permission for your child to attend, please reply YES. Kind regards, {teacher}.

SMS Contact for Alumni or Former Students

Hi {name}, we are running a reunion for students who graduated in {graduation year} on {date}. We would love to see you there! Please reply to confirm your place. {Institution}.

SMS for education exists to improve your processes, reducing the time and cost of administration. By automating your repetitive communications processes, you can focus your energy on being an educator.

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