Is your school emergency messaging strategy prehistoric?

Is your school emergency messaging strategy prehistoric?

February, 2018

The Jurassic Park movie would have ended a lot differently if the park coordinators had come up with a more robust emergency plan in the event of the power going out. Although school emergency communication strategies don’t really need to plan for ‘in the event of cloned dinosaurs escaping’, we recommend for New Zealand schools […]

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How an attendance management system can help reduce truancy rates

February, 2018

Following on from our last article on how parent engagement can help with reducing truancy rates at your school, having a Ministry of Education approved attendance management or early notification system can aid in this as well. Early Notification (EN) is the use of text and/or email messages to notify parents that their child is […]

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Why do New Zealand school use Early Notification?

Keeping your School-links database up to date

February, 2018

Areas which will require updating now Students & Caregivers One of the questions we get asked in the new year is, “what about updating last year’s data?”. If you have been uploading your data file to School-links, then you will continue to do that. The standard data upload CSV files sent into School-links will update […]

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Reduce truancy rates by connecting with parents

Reduce truancy rates by connecting with parents

January, 2018

The issue of truancy for New Zealand schools reared its head again at the end of 2017, with attendance rates falling even further than previous years. The Ministry of Education reported the number of students regularly attending school fell from nearly 70 percent in Term 2, 2015 to 67 percent in the same period last […]

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School communication term 1 preparation

Tips for a Terrific Term 1

December, 2017

The heat is on and the pressure’s high! We understand how busy this time of year can be and there is still plenty to do. While we’re all looking forward to getting a break during the holiday season, the team here are not going to take our foot off the gas until we get done what […]

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School-links app video

[VIDEO] School-links Emergency Alerts App

November, 2017

As School Principal or Office Manager, how do you notify parents, students and staff in the event of an emergency? Imagine there has been an earthquake, a fire alarm, or a bomb scare and you have had to evacuate the school. No access to Internet. No access to a computer… No problem. Log in to […]

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The calm during the storm: how communication tools can minimise disruption to your school community

August, 2017

Most of New Zealand has been battered by storms over the last few weeks, from ice and snow closing roads to rain causing flooding, slips and states of emergency being declared across multiple cities and regions. Fortunately for schools, a lot of this disruption happened during the school holidays. However, forecasters predict that we will […]

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School-links emergency app video

How to use the School-links Emergency Alerts App – Android

July, 2017

The School-links Emergency Alerts App allows schools to quickly and easily contact parents, caregivers, students and staff in an emergency. This video shows you how to use the App.   How to use the School-links Emergency Alerts App – Android from Andrew Balfour on Vimeo. This short video created by School-links demonstrates how to use the Emergency Alerts […]

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How to use the School-links Emergency Alerts App video - Apple devices

How to use the School-links Emergency Alerts App – iPhone/iPad

July, 2017

The School-links Emergency Alerts App allows schools to quickly and easily contact parents, caregivers, students and staff in an emergency. This video shows you how to use the App. How to use the School-links Emergency Alerts App – Apple/iPhone/iPad from Andrew Balfour on Vimeo. This short video created by School-links demonstrates how to use the […]

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