Parent Mail launches new facility for payments
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.