The Parents Association is a group feature that allows schools to make announcements and add calendar events for their students' parents.
Enabling the Parents Association
The Parents Association can be enabled or disabled via Settings > School Settings > Academics > tick Parents Association > Save Changes.
Accessing the Parents Association
Naming the Parents Association
The Parents Association Name and Description can be changed by clicking Edit Group Settings via the group Overview tab.
Posting a Message
Via the Messages tab, teachers and admins can view and post messages. Parents are also able to reply to messages from their ManageBac accounts.
Note that depending on the width of your screen, the button to Post New Message may be at the bottom of the screen.
Posting to the Calendar
Via the Calendar tab, Admins and Teachers can add events and share them with all parents, or post to specific grade level parents.
Note that depending on the width of your screen, the bulk button to Add New Event and Subscribe to Calendar may be at the bottom of the screen.
Event Categories can be customised by differentiating label colours or titles.
Admins and teachers can now create Online Events and meetings with Parents linked to Zoom via Calendar > Events. Add a new Event to the Calendar using the Add New Event button to see the updated Event interface with Create Zoom Meeting button. Events differentiated for different students will show and allow only linked students to join the Zoom call.
Posting a File
Via the Files tab, Admins and Teachers can upload files for all parents, or share them with specific grade level parents.
Adding / Removing members
The Members tab is where you can see the parents & teachers who are a part of the group. Parents will automatically be added to the group when they are added as ManageBac users. If parents wish to opt out of the IB Parents Association emails, they can be removed from the group via the Members tab. Please note that if removed, they will still have access to the group but will no longer receive notifications.
See here for a parent tutorial on accessing the Parents Association from the parent interface.
Lock Parents Association
Locking the IB Parents Association via clicking Edit Group Settings via the group Overview tab will prevent Parents from posting Messages, adding new Events to the Group Calendar, and uploading files.
This can also be done via navigating to Settings > Security & Permissions > Lock Parents Association > Save Changes