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Description

What is ParentSquare?
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ParentSquare is a safe and secure platform for all school-to-home communication. The two-way group messaging, private conversations, district-wide alerts and notices, and simple user interface keeps everyone connected, creating a vibrant school community.

In today's ed-tech world, schools need a better communication system than relying on hard-to-track emails, lost flyers, missed robocalls, website updates that are never read, or piggybacking on SIS or LMS tools meant for student communication. ParentSquare brings the power of ed-tech revolution to the parents. It reverses the trend for disparate, one-way communication that keeps parents as 'spectators' to their child's education.

Understanding the need for a whole-school adoption, we strive to keep an easy to use interface for ParentSquare, much like the social tools you are used to in today's online digital world. ParentSquare caters to every parent, including those who rarely use technology.

ParentSquare for iOS
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With ParentSquare for iOS, parents can easily connect with teachers and staff at their children’s school from their iOS device. The app allows parents to:

- View posts, appreciate and comment
- Sign up for wish list items, volunteer, and RSVP and view your sign ups
- Check dates for upcoming school and class events and add them to your device calendar
- Send private messages (with attachments) to staff members (or other ParentSquare users*) in your school
- Participate in group conversations
- View posted pictures and files
- View the directory of your child’s school*
- View notices (attendance, cafeteria, library dues)
- Respond to absences or tardies*
- Purchase for goods and services offered for sale by the school

* If allowed by your school's implementation

 Free in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Aug 21, 2014 (almost 5 years ago).

Releasing new versions every about 1 month, on average.

Jun 15
2019
(Current)
Version 2.43.3

** Bug fixes and user experience improvements, including:
- New Student Notices screen that combines Secure Documents and Attendance Notices onto one screen
- Fix for external calendar events for some schools

Jun 01
2019
Version 2.43.2

Version 2.43.2:
- Fix for calendar events

Version 2.43.0:

** Parent Dashboard **
Parents can view information about each of their children separately. Select your child from the menu to view posts, events, and notices that pertain to that child. View a list of your child's classes, as well as current grades and attendance (if supported by your school).

** Secure Document Delivery **
Parents can now receive important documents, such as progress updates and report cards, safely and securely from their student's school, via ParentSquare's new Secure Document Delivery feature.

** Fixes and enhancements **
- Improved usability of the school directory screen
- Better support for large fonts

May 28
2019
Version 2.43.1

Version 2.43.1:

** Minor bug fixes

Version 2.43.0:

** Parent Dashboard **
Parents can view information about each of their children separately. Select your child from the menu to view posts, events, and notices that pertain to that child. View a list of your child's classes, as well as current grades and attendance (if supported by your school).
** Secure Document Delivery **
Parents can now receive important documents, such as progress updates and report cards, safely and securely from their student's school, via ParentSquare's new Secure Document Delivery feature.

** Fixes and enhancements **
- Improved usability of the school directory screen
- Better handling of large fonts throughout
- Chat threads list: handle large fonts
- Re-add School/District Website item to More menu

May 23
2019
Version 2.43.0

** Parent Dashboard **
Parents can view information about each of their children separately. Select your child from the menu to view posts, events, and notices that pertain to that child. View a list of your child's classes, as well as current grades and attendance (if supported by your school).

** Secure Document Delivery **
Parents can now receive important documents, such as progress updates and report cards, safely and securely from their student's school, via ParentSquare's new Secure Document Delivery feature.

** Fixes and enhancements **
- Improved usability of the school directory screen
- Better handling of large fonts throughout
- Chat threads list: handle large fonts
- Re-add School/District Website item to More menu

Apr 19
2019
Version 2.42.1

Bug fixes

Apr 06
2019
Version 2.42.0

This release brings a number of bug fixes and user experience improvements, including:

** The ability to log into the app using Touch ID (or Face ID) on supported devices
** Support for Siri Shortcuts

Thank you for using ParentSquare!

Mar 12
2019
Version 2.41.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements, including an enhanced and easier to use interface for creating and sending Smart Alerts. Support for creating alerts in all of your school's preferred languages, and automatic translation of messages.

Feb 27
2019
Version 2.40.0

** Enhancements **
- Form Report: Admins and Post authors can view the list of who has submitted a form
- View Post attachments without having to download them first

** Bug Fixes **
- Fix for bug that prevented the submission of notes for Attendance notices
- Fix bug that prevented selection of recipient(s) when adding a photo to a new chat conversation.

Feb 02
2019
Version 2.39.1

Bug fixes

Jan 31
2019
Version 2.39.0

** Urgent Alerts **
Optionally include/exclude students when sending an Urgent Alert (if supported by your school).

** Volunteer Hours **
Record your volunteer hours -- and view previously entered hours -- right in the app.
Tap More -> Volunteer Hours

Dec 31
2018
Version 2.38.1

Bug fixes

Dec 21
2018
Version 2.38.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements, including a redesign of our navigation to make the app easier to use than ever before! Our improved organization and enhanced usability allows for quick access to polls, videos, messages and tasks like Sign-Ups, Forms/Permission Slips and more!

Nov 29
2018
Version 2.37.0

** School Links **
Access links for your school's important websites

** Options menu on Post Detail screen **
Easy access to common functions for a post (Appreciate, Comment, Delete, Message Volunteers, Send Update, Share, and more)

Nov 07
2018
Version 2.36.0

** Smart Alerts Enhancements **
◇ Target your alert to the right recipients by indicating if staff, parents, and/or students should be notified.
◇ Allow entry of optional Smart Alert title for better tracking of sent alerts
◇ Recipients in the drop-down list are now sorted alphabetically to make it easier to find the target group you're looking for

** Bug Fixes and User Experience Improvements **
Includes:
◇ Fix to Calendar Sync feature to ensure that deleted events are removed from the iPhone calendar

Oct 26
2018
Version 2.35.0

Thank you for using ParentSquare! Please leave us a review on the App Store. We appreciate and welcome your feedback.

New in this release:

** In-app Help and Support **
◇ View Help Topics, submit a help ticket, and chat with a member of our crack customer support team - all right in the app.

** Other fixes and user experience improvements **
◇ The app better differentiates between past and future events, showing past events in more muted colors.
◇ The app now enforces the increased limit (300 characters) for Smart Alerts
◇ And more...

Oct 13
2018
Version 2.34.0

** Sign in with Google **
No need to remember yet another username and password. New and existing users, you can now sign into ParentSquare using your Google account.

** More languages for Posts and Messages **
ParentSquare displays Posts and direct messages in your preferred language. The app now lets you choose from over 2 dozen languages.

** Who liked my Post? **
The app now shows a list of who liked a Post.

Sep 29
2018
Version 2.33.0

* You can now add an individual ParentSquare event to your iPhone's calendar. Previously this was only available for Google calendar events.
* Additional bug fixes and user experience improvements.

Thank you for using ParentSquare!

Sep 16
2018
Version 2.32.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements

Sep 06
2018
Version 2.30.0

** Direct Messaging between students and teachers/staff members **
• Teachers can select if they would like to message students or parents
• In addition to typing a name to search for recipients, users can now tap and quickly select recipients they often communicate with:
- Parents can quick-select teachers, assistants and room parents for all their children’s classes, and group owners
- Students can quick-select teachers and group owners
- Teachers can quick-select students and parents, and group owners
- A principal can quick-select staff members and group owners

Jul 05
2018
Version 2.28.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements

May 21
2018
Version 2.27.0

Advanced Forms
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Several new capabilities added to electronic forms, including:
** Form title and description
** Multiple sections
** Attachments
** Verification signature (only one button - instead of approve/ disapprove)
** Showing automatically captured information as pre-filled fields in the form (includes student and user information)

Apr 14
2018
Version 2.26.0

Forms
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Support for filling forms with different types of questions - short answer, paragraph, select one, select many and date. Questions can be required or optional.

Post Comments & Replies
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Automatic two-way translation: Comments and Replies on posts are automatically translated to your preferred language. This feature is now supported in the app. The translated text, if available, will be shown by default. Tap "View Original" in order to see what the commenter wrote in their language.

Private Comments: If a post has public comments enabled, you can still make your comment private. Tap the "Make Private" button when posting a comment and you will see the status of your comment change from public to private.

Apr 03
2018
Version 2.25.0

Fixes bug introduced in previous version that prevented users from creating new events, messages, and alerts.

Mar 24
2018
Version 2.24.0

This version squashes a couple of bugs related to filling out electronic forms:
** Fixes the issue that occurs when validating a form signature if your name contains an apostrophe.
** Now (correctly) allows you to fill out a form multiple times as needed.

Mar 08
2018
Version 2.23.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements

Feb 09
2018
Version 2.22.0

Payments
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Payments now have the ability to provide an optional price when making a payment.
Notes have also been added to give users the ability to provide a short comment.
Users now see payments they have made under My Payments in the My Account screen.

Calendar
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The calendar user interface now provides a more iOS-aligned experience. You can view events by month, week and day view.

Bug fixes and user experience improvements
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* Pinned posts now display in the app
* Alerts tab is no longer visible for non-Smart Alert schools
* Search button added to Posts, Photos, Files
* Fix for repeating events/sign-ups

Jan 04
2018
Version 2.21.0

== Current version (2.21.0) ==

Bug fixes and user experience improvements

== Previous version (2.20.0) ==

District Admin Support
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District administrators can now see a list of all schools in their district. Admins can send ParentSquare posts and Smart Alerts to the entire district and to individual schools.

Smart Alert Status
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Admins can now see the status of past Smart Alerts: Smart Alerts that were sent and by whom, as well as scheduled alerts and drafts.

Hide Sign Up Names
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Names of users who have signed up for wish lists and volunteer lists or RSVPed are now hidden if post option to hide names is set.

Social Sharing Status
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There is a note on the post if it is publicly available to view (if shared on social networks).

Dec 14
2017
Version 2.20.0

District Admin Support
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District administrators can now see a list of all schools in their district. Admins can send ParentSquare posts and Smart Alerts to the entire district and to individual schools.

Smart Alert Status
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Admins can now see the status of past Smart Alerts: Smart Alerts that were sent and by whom, as well as scheduled alerts and drafts.

Hide Sign Up Names
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Names of users who have signed up for wish lists and volunteer lists or RSVPed are now hidden if post option to hide names is set.

Social Sharing Status
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There is a note on the post if it is publicly available to view (if shared on social networks).

Nov 08
2017
Version 2.19.0

Version 2.19.0:
- Bug fixes

Version 2.18.0:

Electronic Forms
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Now schools can collect form input and signatures from parents for field trips, technology use agreements and more. Just as simple to use as other ParentSquare add-ons, teachers can add an electronic form with a signature request to any ParentSquare post. Student’s name, grade, class and parents’ contact information is automatically captured when a parent fills the form.
Read more about it here: https://parentsquare.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115001420063-Forms-Permission

Nov 06
2017
Version 2.18.0

Electronic Forms
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Now schools can collect form input and signatures from parents for field trips, technology use agreements and more. Just as simple to use as other ParentSquare add-ons, teachers can add an electronic form with a signature request to any ParentSquare post. Student’s name, grade, class and parents’ contact information is automatically captured when a parent fills the form.
Read more about it here: https://parentsquare.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115001420063-Forms-Permission

Oct 02
2017
Version 2.17.0

Fixes bug where district-level posts were not being shown

Sep 09
2017
Version 2.16.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements

Aug 28
2017
Version 2.15.0

Current Version (2.15.0)
- Bug fixes and user experience improvements

Previous Version (2.14.0)
- Fix bug that caused all-day events to sometimes be displayed on the wrong day.

Previous Version (2.13.0)
== Smart Alert Templates ==
When composing a new Smart Alert, you can now choose one of the templates from the Message Library, just like in ParentSquare on the web. Just tap the button along the toolbar at the bottom of the New Smart Alert screen to display the list of templates.

== Urgent Alerts ==
You can now create and send Urgent Alerts from the iOS app with just a few taps. Tap the "+" button and select Urgent Smart Alert. You can then enter the text for your message, or select from a library of previously created messages, and send. Your message will be sent to the school as a text, email, and phone call.

== Photo Slide Show ==
On the Photos tab, press the Play button to start a slide show of all your photos. Photos are shown full-screen and are advanced automatically, and you can adjust how fast the slide show changes from one photo to the next.

Aug 15
2017
Version 2.14.0

Current Version (2.14.0)
Fix bug that caused all-day events to sometimes be displayed on the wrong day.

Previous Version (2.13.0)
== Smart Alert Templates ==
When composing a new Smart Alert, you can now choose one of the templates from the Message Library, just like in ParentSquare on the web. Just tap the button along the toolbar at the bottom of the New Smart Alert screen to display the list of templates.

== Urgent Alerts ==
You can now create and send Urgent Alerts from the iOS app with just a few taps. Tap the "+" button and select Urgent Smart Alert. You can then enter the text for your message, or select from a library of previously created messages, and send. Your message will be sent to the school as a text, email, and phone call.

== Photo Slide Show ==
On the Photos tab, press the Play button to start a slide show of all your photos. Photos are shown full-screen and are advanced automatically, and you can adjust how fast the slide show changes from one photo to the next.

Jul 30
2017
Version 2.13.0

== Smart Alert Templates ==
When composing a new Smart Alert, you can now choose one of the templates from the Message Library, just like in ParentSquare on the web. Just tap the button along the toolbar at the bottom of the New Smart Alert screen to display the list of templates.

== Urgent Alerts ==
You can now create and send Urgent Alerts from the iOS app with just a few taps. Tap the "+" button and select Urgent Smart Alert. You can then enter the text for your message, or select from a library of previously created messages, and send. Your message will be sent to the school as a text, email, and phone call.

== Photo Slide Show ==
On the Photos tab, press the Play button to start a slide show of all your photos. Photos are shown full-screen and are advanced automatically, and you can adjust how fast the slide show changes from one photo to the next.

May 15
2017
Version 2.12.0

== Direct Messages/Chat: Two-way Translation ==
We are happy to announce two-way translation in direct messages. Now you can send a message in the language you are familiar with and it will be delivered to the recipient in their language. The recipient will have the option to see the original message along with the translated text. This makes conversation with all your diverse families a snap!

== Direct Messages: Quick Select for Teachers ==
Teachers can now quickly select direct message recipients by checking off student names when creating a new message. Selecting a student automatically adds all associated parents/contacts to the recipient list for the message. As always teachers can also search for recipients by typing the first few characters of the student/parent name.

== New Post: Take a Photo/Video and attach to post ==
When composing a new post, users can simply click a picture or take a video or photo and attach directly to post. They can also select a previously taken picture as well from their phone.

Apr 25
2017
Version 2.11.0

== School Payments: Optional Convenience Fee ==
In the previous version of ParentSquare for iPhone we introduced the School Payments feature, which enables schools to offer physical goods and services for sale directly in the app. Based on requests from many schools, this version now provides schools the option to pay the transaction fee for purchases themselves rather than require end users to pay the fee.

== iPhone-to-Mac Handoff ==
Users of the ParentSquare app who also use a Mac can now take advantage of the Handoff feature built into iOS and macOS. If you're using the ParentSquare app on your iPhone, and your iPhone and your Mac are near each other, the handoff icon will appear in the Dock on your Mac. Simply click the Handoff icon and your browser will open the ParentSquare web site to the same screen you're viewing in the app on your iPhone, allowing you to seamlessly continue where you left off.

For more information about setting up and using Handoff: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204681

== Bug Fixes and Miscellaneous Improvements ==
We are continually working to squash annoying bugs and improve usability.

Apr 14
2017
Version 2.10.0

== School Payments ==
We're excited to announce that ParentSquare now enables schools to offer physical goods and services for sale directly in the ParentSquare app. Sell things like team t-shirts, raffle tickets, or admission to school events. Simply create a post that contains items available for purchase, and then users can view the items and make purchases easily and securely right in the app.

Mar 19
2017
Version 2.9.0

Bug fixes and user experience improvements.

Mar 07
2017
Version 2.8.0

What’s new in Version 2.8.0?

We’re always making changes and improvements to ParentSquare. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, please keep your Updates turned on.

What’s New
• Repeating events and volunteer sign-ups are now displayed in the app
• When scrolling through posts, top and bottom bars will hide for more screen space to view posts
• Sign-ups page now show a circular icon with the number of slots filled / total number of slots for a quick view of results
• New RSVP screen shows who has RSVPed and their response
• Indicates if a wish list or volunteer list has been disabled
• Administrators will now be able to disable users from modifying their email, phone number, address, or selected language

Fixed
• Fix to allow attaching a video when creating a post
• Handle push notifications received when the app is not running
• When non-English language is selected, post subjects now correctly show the translated text
• Fix bug where newly fetched post shows "No message" for post summary until table view is scrolled a few times
• Fix for a few infrequent crashes

Dec 20
2016
Version 2.7.0

What’s new in Version 2.7.0?

We’re always making changes and improvements to ParentSquare. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, please keep your Updates turned on.

New: Sidebar menu for easy navigation — switch schools, access your account or school directory and much more with just one tap.
New: Push notifications for new posts will take you directly to the detail screen for the post so you no longer have to spend time looking for the post.

Dec 07
2016
Version 2.6.0

Happy Holidays from the ParentSquare team! This release is packed with enhancements.

Español!
ParentSquare now supports Spanish. Set your device’s language to Spanish, and the app’s user interface will switch to Spanish as well. Excellente!

Search:
There’s now a search field at the top of the Posts, Events, Photos, and Files screens, so you can more quickly and easily find the posts you’re looking for.

Sign Ups:
The Sign Ups screen now clearly indicates the things you’re signed up for by putting a star next to the volunteer or wish list item. There’s also an “All Sign Ups” / “My Sign Ups” toggle, so with a tap you can switch between showing all of the sign-up opportunities for your school, or just the ones you’ve signed up for. Lastly, now when you tap on an item on the Sign Ups screen, the app will bypass the post detail screen, allowing you to complete sign-up faster.

Events:
The events list now has a divider for each month, so you can more easily scan the upcoming events. For Google Calendar events, the "Add to Google Calendar" button is now an "Add to my device's calendar" button, so you can add calendar events to your iOS device’s calendar.

Photo Viewer:
The photo viewer now supports landscape, so you can rotate your device to view your photos better.

Performance
For iOS 10 users, posts should now load much faster, sometimes up to 50% faster.

Oct 28
2016
Version 2.5.0

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Oct 15
2016
Version 2.4.0

You can now see who signed up for wish list items and volunteer spots.

Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Oct 03
2016
Version 2.3.0

You can now send and receive private messages directly within the app.

Bug fixes:
- Google calendar event dates are displayed correctly

Sep 21
2016
Version 2.2.2

School posts are now sorted in correct order.
You can now see comment replies and reply to comments in app.
Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

Aug 15
2016
Version 2.2.1

Includes google calendar integration
Gives ability to guardians to send note directly from the app in response to attendance notice from the school

Apr 26
2016
Version 2.1.1

1) Ability to signup for ParentSquare from the IOS App
2) Specify numbers of adults and kids when you RSVP for an event.
3) Custom colors and themes

Mar 04
2016
Version 2.1.0

1) Send SmartAlerts : Ability to record a voice message on the phone and send out to the users.
2) Improved message posting.
a) Supports scheduling a post for later,
b) translation to users language,
c) ability to send post immediately, overriding users preferences

Nov 11
2015
Version 2.0.1

Fixed the bug which prevented posting a new message from IOS Version 9.0 and above.

Nov 09
2015
Version 2.0.0

Version 2 of ParentSquare App adds capability to post and a brand new icon among other new features.

New Features
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Teachers and admins can post
- Messages,
- Pictures, and
- Create events.

Users can
- Update their contact information
- View school directory (if school allows)
- Sync PS calendar to iOS calendar
- RSVP for events
- Sign out of ParentSquare

Update to existing features
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The App has brand new screens that allows parents to
- Check messages, appreciate and comment
- Sign up for items, volunteer
- Check calendar entries
- View posted pictures

Jun 08
2015
Version 1.2.0

- View and vote on polls
- Support for multiple dates in Wishlist
- Select quantity while signing up for items

Oct 03
2014
Version 1.1.1

Bug Fixes
-- Links open in new safari window
-- All events relevant to users are shown now and not only school events.
-- Only students and groups of current school show up users profile

Sep 03
2014
Version 1.1

Introduced
- Push notification on new messages
- Switch school for a user in multiple schools
- Improved load time for pictures

Aug 21
2014
Version 1.0

Previous 3 versions

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