Alexandria City Public Schools is moving to ParentSquare!
We are excited to share that starting in August 2022, ParentSquare will replace Blackboard Connect and several other texting and email platforms as the new division-wide communication platform. ParentSquare, will allow ACPS to unify communication from the division, schools and classrooms to K-12 families under one umbrella.
With ParentSquare families will be able to:
Receive messages from school via email, text or mobile app
Choose to receive information as it comes (Instant) or all at once at around 6:00pm (Daily Digest)
Communicate in your preferred language
Two-way texting with automated translation between staff and families
Receive attendance notifications with the option to send in a digital note to excuse your student’s absence
Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
Sign permission slips and more all from your computer or mobile device
Tips for Families
- Download App
It’s easy to stay in the loop with the ParentSquare app. Download it now for iOS or Android devices.
- Activate Your Account
Follow the link in your activation email/text, or sign up on parentsquare.com or via the ParentSquare app.
- Set Preferences
Select your name in the top right to set your language preferences and how often you want to receive notifications.
- Appreciate Posts
Select ‘Appreciate’ in your email/app or website to thank a teacher or staff member for a post.
Select ‘Sign Ups & RSVPs’ in the sidebar to see available opportunities. Click bell on top to check your commitments.
- Get Photos & Files
‘Photos & Files’ in the sidebar allows you to access pictures, forms and documents that have been shared with you.
- Comment or Reply
You can select ‘Comment’ in the app or on the website to privately ask a question about the post that your teacher or school sent.
- Get in Touch
‘Messages’ in the sidebar lets you privately get in touch with staff.
- What is ParentSquare?
- Will parents receive notifications from ParentSquare if they do not sign up for ParentSquare?
- Is ParentSquare replacing other tools and services that ACPS used previously?
- How do I opt-out of receiving notifications from ParentSquare?
- How can I update my information (email address, phone number)?
- I combined accounts and would like to unmerge them. How can I do so?
- Can I use ParentSquare on my mobile device?
- I missed the initial invitation to ParentSquare. How do I access it for the first time?
It is our hope that ACPS's partnership with ParentSquare will create an even stronger dialogue between school and home, and will help empower even more families to stay connected and informed.
As we prepare for the full launch, families are invited to log into the ParentSquare website or download the app using the email address or cell phone number that they provided to their child’s school. Families can set notification preferences and make sure they are ready to communicate with ACPS in the new school year! ParentSquare will be fully functioning at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
For questions about ParentSquare, please email email@example.com or complete the Ask ACPS webform.