The Message Board is your home page and centre notice board. It is more private than Facebook and more visible than an email service like Mailchimp. Use it for:
Weekly updates - for a service or a class.
Important notices such as term dates, upcoming events, price changes.
Sending attachments - newsletters or other PDF documents
Activities to try at home
Communications with selected parent volunteers, other groups
Top Tip: Pin important messages to the top of your Board.
You have the option to send to different sets of people - everyone, all families, all parents, classes or groups. There are also options on comments - allow them, approve them or don't allow them - for each post. Any comments posted are seen by everyone who can see the message.
Allow Teachers to Use Message Board - For Their Class or Broader
By default only Site Admins can post to the Message Board. However Admins can assign posting rights to teachers in each teacher's profile (in edit mode).
Then they will be able to post to the families of their assigned children in Educa. If class privacy is on, they can send messages only to their classes and their groups. To grant full posting rights to "everyone," a teacher needs to be linked to every class or be made a Site Admin.
If class privacy is off - then a teacher with Message Board posting rights will be able to send messages to all parents.
Allow Parents to Post Messages
If your site has family volunteers helping with communications, this is a handy feature. Under the Message Board tab in Site Settings, Site Admins can give family members posting rights.
If you are a teacher and cannot see the orange "+Message" button, that means you do not have posting rights. Contact your Site Administrator to discuss further.
Note on Parent Visibility of Prior Posts
Parents cannot see message posted prior to the date they join your site. If you have a message you want new parents to see, republish it with a later date.
WORD & PDF ATTACHMENTS
If you attach a PDF or Word document, it will simply attach to your message post. Families or teachers can then open and download.
Check out these "How To..." videos:
Post on the Message Board
Comment on Messages
Assign Message Board Writers