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Edsby for parents

Edsby for parents

Edsby lets families see what’s happening with their kids at school and helps them play a more active part in their children’s education.

Everything about a child’s education, in real time

Edsby shows what each child is doing, and how they’re doing. It pulls together up-to-the-minute information, including grades, homework and attendance. And specifics of what’s being taught in each class each day.

One app to rule them all

Because Edsby is installed by the school district and used by ALL a child’s teachers, parents can do away with the mishmash of websites, social media sites and apps individual teachers may have used in the past. They just need Edsby—and just one login, no matter how many children they have or what school in the district they’re in.

Edsby shows each child’s school calendar

You don’t need to be a Ph.D any longer to figure out complicated school timetables. Edsby knows about and shares the timetable for a parent’s kids, including custom day cycles and period schedules, as well as information on important upcoming tests, events, assignments, field trips or other appointments. Edsby automatically reminds parents when they need to do something. It even knows about games and events in the clubs and teams children are members of. It’s a great reference to have when booking doctor’s appointments and holidays.

Edsby’s calendar is optimized for printing, too. Daily, weekly and monthly calendars can be printed and stuck on the fridge.

Parental communication and engagement

Edsby shows latest important news from school and district. It also has an easy, convenient way to contact the school office or teachers. Edsby gives parents a way to communicate, in both directions, with the professionals shaping their children’s education… and even has electronic field trip approvals and parent-teacher meeting booking built-in.

Modern family relationships

Edsby has sophisticated definitions of parents, relatives and guardians, and a comprehensive access control system. Details »

Connect with other parents

If the district enables it, parents can participate in online groups with other parents. Parents that choose to get involved with sports or other special interest groups can have an impact on their community even greater than simply that of their child’s education.

FAQ

How do I get an Edsby parent account?

In most cases, parents receive an Edsby account from their child’s school or school district through a special invitation email. Details here. If you haven’t received this email from your child’s school or district, contact them to ensure they have your correct email address.

Why can't I register my own account?

Edsby parent accounts need to be linked to the accounts of their children—and only their children—to protect students’ sensitive academic and contact information. This linkage between parents and children is configured by the school or school district behind the scenes. Which is why parents need to receive a special email from their school or district, to their email address on record, in order to receive an Edsby account with the right access to the right children. Parents can’t just “sign up.” It protects the security of everyone involved.

Can I have more than one child on my account?

Parents can associate any number of students with their Edsby parent login. That means parents only need to log into their single account to view all of their children’s academic progress. Here’s how to set it up.

What about kids in different schools?

No problem. Even children in separate schools in a school district can be added to a parent’s Edsby account. So a parent only needs to check and maintain a single Edsby login.

Why do I have to use Edsby? Why can’t I just get notifications over the Internet?

Schools and school districts that choose Edsby often do so because they’re concerned about the privacy of student data. Sending student information over the public Internet (for example, via email, Twitter or Facebook) opens schools and districts to possible violations of confidentiality. Not all teachers are even aware of the legal exposure, but in the U.S. alone, regulations CIPA, COPPA and FERPA restrict the transmission of student data over the unencrypted Internet. So does GDPR in Europe.

Parents could, and should, be using Edsby (either on their mobile phones or browser) to follow updates that the school and their children’s teachers are publishing on Edsby. It’s encrypted and secure. And audited. And with Edsby’s internal unread tracking system, parents know through the little red bubbles in Edsby if there’s something in a specific area they haven’t read yet.

Because Edsby already tracks which parents can see the info of which student, it’s important that parents use Edsby to see sensitive info, rather than that sensitive info being shared on Twitter (which anyone can read by default) or other public social media.

If a school has chosen Edsby for confidentiality, it’s for good reason. Academic related info is very personal, and schools and districts are beginning to learn the significance of the need to keep it tightly controlled.

I like being able to see what day it is for my child's schedule, the recent activity posts from his class, announcements from the office and being able to schedule an absence without calling in to the school.
Naomi Vanasse, Parent / Greater Essex County District School Board, 35,000 students and 4,500 staff on Edsby