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[Study Island Feature Focus] Parent Notifications

[Study Island Feature Focus] Parent Notifications

As education reshapes to the changing world, staying connected with parents is more important than ever. Promote communication between parents and teachers through automatic parent notifications in Study Island! With this feature, educators can keep parents informed about their students’ academic progress by setting up one-time or recurring notifications in which designated parents and/or guardians automatically receive an email when a certain criterion is met. This tailored method means that educators don’t have to spend countless hours drafting and sending emails the rest of the school year. With Edmentum’s “Educator First” motto in mind, Parent Notifications allow teachers to communicate with parents without ever having to leave the program!

What types of notifications are available?

  • Assignment Creation Alert
    This notifies parents when a new assignment has been assigned to students in the class. 

  • Assignment Due/Reminder Alert
    This notifies parents when an assignment is close to the due date for students who haven't completed the assignment.
  • Assignment Overdue/Late Alert
    This notifies parents when an assignment is past the due date for students who haven't completed the assignment.

  • Blue Ribbon Alert
    This notifies parents when a student achieves a Blue Ribbon in a subject. An email is sent with the name of the program and subject where the student earned the Blue Ribbon. If no Blue Ribbons were earned by a student during the notification period, then no email will be sent to the student's parents.

  • General Email
    This is a general email that can be sent to the student's parents. The body of email is freeform, and it can be used to communicate Study Island or non–Study Island information to parents.

  • Individual Student Report
    This sends an email with a link to the existing Individual Student Report based on the program and subject(s) specified.
  • Low Score Warning
    This notifies parents when the student's correct percentage falls below the percentage specified for a specific subject within a program.

  • Suggested Topics
    This sends an email with a link to the existing Suggested Topics Report based on the program and subject specified.

How do parent notifications work?

The first step to implementing parent notifications is to ensure that parent and/or guardian contacts are enrolled in the system for each student. Below are three easy components to setting up organized parent notifications.

Step One - Set Up Parents in the System

  1. From the Teacher Page, select Parent Notifications, and choose your class.
  2. Click on the Parent Notification tab near the top of the screen.
  3. Locate the student in question. Click the Edit icon (the pencil icon) to the right of the student’s name.
  4. Enter a Parent First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and Type (the relationship to the student).
  5. Click Save after adding each parent.

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Step Two - Set Up a Parent Group (Optional)

While creating “parent groups” is not mandatory, it gives educators the flexibility to organize their notifications by class, grade level, or other specific criteria.

  1. Click Add Parent Group.
  2. Complete the Create a Parent Group form by adding a Group Name and Description.
  3. Click the Move All Parents to Group button, or select a parent and press the arrow pointing to the group list.
  1. Click Submit.

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Step Three - Set Up the Parent Notification(s)

Once you’ve decided which notifications you would like for parents to receive, you’re ready to set them up.

  1. Click Add Parent Notification.
  2. Complete the Parent Notification Request form.
  3. Click Preview Email. Close the window when done.
  4. Click Submit. The notification is now listed in the Parent Notifications Schedule section. To edit, click the Edit Icon. To delete, click the red X.

*For routine parent updates, daily notifications may be occurring too often. Consider weekly and monthly emails.

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Check out the Getting Started page for more information on utilizing Study Island.

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Debbie Crawford joined the Edmentum team in 2019 as a Customer Support Representative. After a year of providing direct support to educators each day, Debbie transitioned into the Marketing Specialist role to further her impact for educators. As a First-Generation College Student from a small, rural Texas town, Debbie greatly values education and the educators that go above and beyond to inspire students to pursue learning both in and out of the classroom. Debbie has nine years of experience in arts marketing and was the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Hardin-Simmons University. Her goal is to learn something new every day and to inspire others to do the same.