South Colonie to launch new communication platform to facilitate stronger school-home connection

On July 1, the South Colonie Central School District will transition from Blackboard Connect to ParentSquare, a new communication platform that will allow the district, administrators, and teachers to more effectively communicate with families.

Like Blackboard, ParentSquare is fully integrated with ASPEN and will be used to send updates to our families via email, text and voice. You likely won’t notice any changes in those features.


More About ParentSquare

ParentSquare features an app and website, which allows for direct messaging, attendance notifications, sign-ups for parent conferences and classroom events, and direct tracking of forms and permission slips. Additionally, it translates communications into 100 languages and is compliant with the latest student privacy regulations. It will also eliminate the need for parents to download numerous apps to communicate with multiple teachers.

Some of these additional features won’t be available immediately but will be rolled out over the 2021-22 school year. The district will provide additional communication on the availability of these as they are launched and put to use.

In early July, please be on the lookout for an emailed invitation to activate your ParentSquare account. You can also download the app for your smartphone, as well as register your account to start receiving communications through the ParentSquare app. If you don’t register or use the app, you will still receive district communications via text, email, and voice.

If you don’t receive a ParentSquare invite, please go to parentsquare.com/signin and try to sign in with your email and/or phone number on record in ASPEN. If neither of those work, on the sign-in page, you can fill out a “Request to Join ParentSquare” form. By filling out this sign-up form, it will send an email notification to the district ParentSquare team with your request. You may be contacted to provide additional information, so be sure to provide a valid email address and phone number.

More information on ParentSquare can be found here.