How Online Permission Slips Benefit Every Student

Permission slips can be chaotic for both teachers and families. Here’s why online permission slips are becoming more popular for schools.

School bus for field trip

Ask any kid and they’ll tell you that their favorite memories about school are from the field trips they’ve taken. Combining fun and unlimited time to talk with learning makes quite an unforgettable experience. 

Before they can go on the trip, though, their parents have to give permission through a signed permission slip. Unfortunately, many children have missed out on their field trips because they either lose their paper slip or forget to give it to their parents to sign. With the convenience of online permission slips however, those days are now gone!

Here are some of the benefits of utilizing online permission slips

Gather Parent Permission with Ease 

In the past, consent forms were the responsibility of the student. The school sent the slips home with the student and they had to give it to their parents, have it signed, then return it to their teacher on time. We all know how easy it is for a paper form to make its way into a child’s backpack and then never be seen again. 

By using an online permission slip tool, schools can conveniently send an email to the parent, complete with e-signature links, and the parents can review and sign the slip immediately. This eliminates the possibility of the form being lost, a signature being forged (kids are very creative!) and gives the school a way to store the form without having to have it physically on hand. 

Online Permission Slips Save Money

Schools are often underfunded and therefore need to save money anywhere possible. For paper permission slips, the school has to create the slip, print it out, send it to the teachers, and then the teachers need to make copies and hand them out to the students. That is a lot of steps, and can add up to quite an expensive process  between the paper being used and the time that all of it takes. 

By using online permission slips, the school can save money on hundreds of permission slips worth of paper and the teachers can use that time on helping their students instead of trying to collect a classroom full of important signed slips.

Simplify the Process for Teachers

This is common knowledge but it is worth repeating: teachers are busy. They have so much on their plates beyond just educating students, including grading papers, managing discipline and trying to implement an organized, safe and friendly classroom environment.

Add in having to deal with collecting the paper permission slips, reviewing each one, recording who turned them in and who didn’t, trying to track down last-minute ones that still haven’t been turned in yet…we are tired just writing about it! Teachers can avoid this headache with online permission slips and save their valuable energy for when they need to help their students. Not to mention, the energy they will need for the field trip itself! 

Easier for Parents and Students

People are on their phones all the time. Getting an email notification on their phone will increase the likelihood of parents seeing the form and signing it right away, saving everyone time.There’s no more waiting or worrying anymore. It is all right at the parents’ fingertips.

Every Student is Able to Participate 

School field trips are important to students and there is nothing more disappointing than being left behind on field trip day and having to miss the experience. It really is heartbreaking for them. Online permission slips seem like such a simple solution, but they could mean a world of difference for a student who is given the chance to have some fun on a trip with their friends. 

The Digital World in Action

The digital world streamlines processes for schools, and the process of online permission slips is a prime example of that. Schools and parents have far too much to do, and no longer having to deal with the hassle of paper permission slips becomes quite a relief.

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