If you have been teaching for a long while, you likely remember the days of sending the report cards and progress reports home in an envelope, and then waiting for the envelope to come back with the parent signature to indicate that a parent had actually seen the report card. Some schools still use that system, but there have been a lot of changes that have come with the digital age.
Many systems have actually been working to make it easier for you to communicate with parents about their student’s progress. You can upload a batch of documents referenced by student code and the system does the rest. Once you upload the progress reports, each of the parents will get a secure link for their particular student’s information and they can then retrieve the document and see what their child’s progress is looking like.
Security is of utmost importance when you’re communicating via the internet, and many websites have been working hard to make sure that everything that they have is absolutely secure. They will keep their websites updated with the most up to date security software, so everything you send is secure. They may also ensure that only people with the link (parents, guardians) can access their students’ information.
Students will sometimes hide report cards or try to change things so that their parents don’t find out about the F that they got. They may also try to forge signatures or be dishonest about what is going on with their schooling. Sometimes, they may just lose the documents as well. No matter what the reason, you can prevent it by sending these reports to the parents directly via these programs. And as you can see, that can be very helpful so that you can help your students more easily.