Equity and Access for Marginalized Student Populations Improved with Translated Parent-View

    

TransACT® ParentNotices is an unlimited, district-wide subscription to expertly written, translated parent notifications. ParentNotices is aligned with federal communication requirements (including Civil Rights, ESSA, Section 504, and IDEA) and supports teachers in creating an inclusive communication strategy for all families. In a recent product update, TransACT ParentNotices released features to support parents in understanding the school's communications: a translated "Parent-View."

Student equity and access can be supported and advanced by increasing authentic parent and family engagement efforts, particularly for families with limited English proficiency. ParentNotices increases the accessibility of school-to-home communications by providing forms and notices that are: 

  1. Translated into parents' preferred languages
  2. Compatible with multiple device types (mobile, tablet, computer) 
  3. Accessible through a mobile-responsive Parent-View 

Communicating with parents and families in a language that they can understand is not just a good idea; Civil Rights laws require it. Throughout a district, staff members can unknowingly violate civil rights by using bilingual staff members or free online translation software to translate important notifications. TransACT ParentNotices utilizes trained, qualified translators with a background in education, so our 200+ forms and notices in 20+ languages are legally compliant with civil rights requirements. ParentNotices subscribers also gain access to real-time interpretation and custom translation services

To further our overall mission to support equity and access for marginalized student populations, Parent-View will be available in multiple languages. Like the notices included in a standard ParentNotices subscription, the Parent-View is translated into a parent's preferred language by trained, qualified translators. Providing Parent-View in multiple languages allows parents and families to interact with our software and receive notifications in their preferred language.

Parent-View enables parents and families to: 

  • Receive forms and notices sent home from school on their device of choice (mobile, tablet, desktop) 
  • Acknowledge receipt of or provide a secure, digital signature for touchless parent and family engagement
  • Return completed forms and notices from anywhere on the device of their choice

The Parent-View is currently available in English and Spanish, and additional languages will be announced later this year. Subscribe to our blog to receive a notification when Parent-View is available in additional languages, or follow us on your favorite social media platform: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook

TransACT ParentNotices software provides 10+ State Departments of Education and over 5000 districts across 48 states with federally compliant school-to-home communication notices and forms in multiple languages. For more information about delivering parent communications in a distance or hybrid learning environment, building your own forms, and connect student roster SIS data, request a demonstration of ParentNotices

 

About The Author

Paige Kummer is the marketing specialist for TransACT Communications. Her previous experience includes working as the Deputy of Communication in the Texas House of Representatives during an active session as well as a Customer Success Manager for a fin-tech startup. She utilizes her knowledge of social media, software as a service (SaaS), and love of learning to grow TransACT’s social media footprint across all 12 brands serving both K-12 and post-secondary education institutions. Paige also works as an account manager for the ActPoint KPI, which supports district and state business leaders nationwide in their efforts to manage costs and drive resources back to the classroom.