Wednesday, 4 March 2015

"All parents do is click and sign their consent....managing excursions is now so easy"

David Young, Director of IT Services at Strathcona gave us his view of CareMonkey and how it is working at his school.  

Along with a core group of people on the School Executive, David Young has been instrumental in introducing CareMonkey to the Strathcona school community.

“When we first saw CareMonkey at EduTECH we were extremely impressed and started to investigate its application further for our school. Given how much time the school would spend chasing parents for medical and emergency information, photocopying, handing out and collating forms, it was an easy decision to make the switch. So, with the support of a new school Principal we started actively using it in 2015.”

Today, Strathcona has almost 100% of students with up-to-date Care Profiles, and actively uses the eForm capability with more than 50 excursions loaded onto the system.

Every day Mr Young hears from parents and staff how easy CareMonkey is to use and how much time it is saving. The ability for teachers to access children's profiles while off site is extremely valuable and much more reliable than the paper based systems.

“The eForm capability has made gathering information from parents and managing excursions so easy. All the parent has to do is click and sign their consent and the job's done!”

Getting behind the new system

“When we commit to something at Strathcona we get right behind it. So when all Year 8 students went on an excursion to Hanging Rock at the start of the year it was no surprise to everyone that we transitioned completely to CareMonkey. Whilst teaching staff were initially nervous about the change and whether it would work so simply, they got on board when they saw the benefits of being able to reference a child's emergency and medical information on a smartphone or tablet while off site, even without an internet connection.”

“We talk with our teaching staff daily and are learning how the system is working for us. I guess you could say we are early adopters, but we are seeing the benefits and know the entire school community, teachers and parents are thrilled we have made the change.”

Thanks David, you are a great supporter and advocate of our system and we appreciate your constructive feedback along the way.  

If you are interested in CareMonkey for your school, club or business please enquire here today

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