Par­ent Mail launches new fa­cil­ity for pay­ments

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ET Business Daily -

LEAD­ING school-to-home com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pany Par­en­tMail is to launch a new pay­ment ser­vice, +Pay, in Septem­ber.

With Par­en­tMail +Pay, schools will be able to com­mu­ni­cate and en­gage par­ents elec­tron­i­cally, and also man­age, col­lect and bank pay­ments from par­ents.

Deal­ing with pay­ments from par­ents for things such as trips, clubs, events and din­ner money is very time-con­sum­ing for schools.

It can also be com­plex track­ing what items par­ents have paid for and then com­mu­ni­cat­ing de­tails of out­stand­ing pay­ments to those who have not.

Par­en­tMail +Pay makes it easy for schools to man­age pay­ments from par­ents.

It com­bines the Peter­bor­ough com­pany’s web-based e-mail and text mes­sag­ing ser­vice, used by more than 3,750 schools and two mil­lion par­ents, with a new mod­ule where schools can track pay­ments from par­ents, com­mu­ni­cate out­stand­ing pay­ments, and where par­ents can set­tle bills con­ve­niently on­line.

Pay­ments are also trans­ferred di­rectly into the school bank ac­count, re­duc­ing need for cash and cheques to be han­dled at the school, and the po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risk of hold­ing them un­til they can be banked.

“His­tor­i­cally, many of the mes­sages schools send to par­ents via Par­en­tMail are about pay­ments,” said Paul Hughes, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Par­en­tMail. “It was a very log­i­cal step for us to ex­tend the ser­vice we of­fer to in­cor­po­rate a pay­ment man­age­ment and col­lec­tion mod­ule.

“Our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers have known about +Pay for some time now and their re­ac­tion to its launch has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive. We are look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to help schools fur­ther re­duce costs and their ad­min­is­tra­tive work­load.”

With Par­en­tMail +Pay schools can cre­ate pay­ment items for things par­ents need to pay for.

These can be con­fig­ured into in­stal­ments, if re­quired, and in­di­vid­ual pay­ment dead­lines set.

Us­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tions mod­ule within Par­en­tMail, schools can send de­tailed in­for­ma­tion to par­ents by email and/or text about pay­ments they need to make.

They can also con­fig­ure pay­ment re­minders to be sent au­to­mat­i­cally.

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